Population trends are triggering an increase in the specification and purchase of disabled equipment. As a result, specifiers are having to adapt to developments in the sector- an adaptation simplified with advances at Total Hygiene.
Britain’s biggest manufacturer of toileting solutions for the less able, the company has extended its range to deliver a flexible offering that efficiently creates a well-functioning bathroom, toilet or washroom, in domestic and commercial environments.
“The Office for National Statistics’ latest data shows life expectancy in the UK has reached its highest level on record, with the number of centenarians alone increasing five-fold in 20 years. Disability is also on the increase: up by 1/2million in less than a decade, with manual dexterity and continence particularly both showing an increase in prevalence. Today, one child in 20 under the age of 16 is disabled, and children with special and complex needs in mainstream schools has increased to almost 20%,” says Robin Tuffley, Total Hygiene marketing manager.
“As a result, sales of disabled equipment in the UK have increased by 92.6% over the last 10 years; the total market size increased by 9.2% last year. Simultaneously, new codes of practice on inclusive toileting have come into being, combining to emphasize the growing need for specifiers to know the type of equipment available, and where to obtain ‘best value’.”
Total Hygiene’s Complete Bathroom Collection comprises the latest products to deliver a stylish room that enables the user to undertake personal ablutions with independence and dignity, or for his or her carer to assist with minimal input but optimum hygiene.
Height adjustable washbasins, height adjustable baths, height adjustable shower seats, British-made height adjustable and fixed Clos-o-Mat ‘wash and dry’ toilets, height adjustable changing tables, toilet lifters, hoists, and body driers comprise the Collection. The ‘one stop shop’ for products is enhanced by Total Hygiene’s 50 years’ experience in the sector, complemented by in-house advice, installation and maintenance.
“Choosing personal hygiene equipment for less able goes beyond the aesthetic, to taking into account issues arising from the disability,” explains Robin. “Our team is expert in addressing and resolving those considerations and simultaneously delivering a solution that complies with all Regulations and Codes of Practice.”