These toilets provide automatic flushing, warm water washing and warm air drying. They can be operated by a range of controls, including remote controls, elbow, foot or hand operated switches or used as a conventional toilet (Jones and Ryan, 2006). They may assist a person to toilet independently or allow a carer to assist without providing intimate care. Some of these models are more suited for sideways transfers for wheelchair users as they have a higher weight capacity.
Some shower, over toilet & commode chairs can be used over these toilets to provide additional support and/or reduce the number of wheelchair transfers.
In the UK it is illegal to install a water fittings that does not have Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) approval (Water Regulations Advisory Scheme). The powered toilets listed in this section probably already hold Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) approval. If they do not, ask the manufacturer for evidence of WRAS compliance before arranging installment.
Some models can be wall mounted so they can be mounted at a height to suit you and there is more clearance under the bowl. These features may be particularly advantageous if you are using the bidet from a wheelchair, mobile toilet chair or commode.
When considering toileting equipment, an individual assessment with an occupational therapist may be appropriate. Your safety is very important and there may be individual factors which determine what equipment is most suitable. The information on this site is not a substitute for individual assessment. We recommend trying these toilets out before purchasing them.
The equipment listed here may be provided by your local authority, depending on their eligibility criteria. If you are eligible, the equipment may be provided on a long-term loan basis or via a direct payment from your local authority to purchase something suitable. Alternatively these toilets are sometimes provided through a Disabiled Facilities Grant (subject to your local council's eligibility criteria). However, if you are arranging funding and installation of one of these toilets privately, you can search for a Water Industry Approved Plumber (WIAP) on the WIAP scheme website.View references and sources of further information ›
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