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Toilet and Bathroom

Toileting accidents often plague people with dementia. Consequently, they can be considered as incontinent when the problem is simply that they can’t locate the toilet or use it properly.

Failing to reach the toilet in time is often because the person is in unfamiliar surroundings, feeling confused and disorientated.

In this state, it’s easy to imagine how someone can panic and fail to find the toilet or go in the wrong place.

Having an accident is deeply distressing, particularly if it’s a frequent occurrence. This can soon develop into a more ¬complex issue to manage with raised anxiety, stress and depression all compounding the problems.

Over the past decade, Find has developed a strategy to help people independently locate the toilet and use it successfully when they get there. Find’s strategy is now implemented in thousands of environments.

To alleviate or dismiss toilet and bathroom issues, you must first and foremost ensure people are able to find the toilet in time. This can be done by installing signage which includes both words and a picture, on a contrasting background.

Signs need to be clearly visible, so place them within the person’s line of vision. (Find’s recommendation for positioning signage, which has been widely adopted, is between 1.2-1.4 meters from the floor).

Once signs are fitted and people are able to find their way to the toilet, they need to be able to use it correctly when they get there. Assist people by making sure the toilet seat and bathroom fittings are contrasting colours making the important features in the toilet and bathroom easier to see for the ageing eye.

Find Memory Care offer the best toilet seats available for dementia care settings, from the New Standard Toilet Seat to the Premium Stability and Ultimate Toilet Seat – which is our feature-packed, latest addition and exclusive to Find.

These cost effective options are suitable for domestic, care home and high-traffic hospital environments. Additionally, the Standard and Ultimate seats are equipped with metal hinges as well as the fit-and-forget Sta-tite fixings which are guaranteed not to come loose.

The Ultimate Toilet Seat has the additional features of soft close hinges - preventing it from slamming shut and creating a startling, loud noise - and the unique removable feature which, unlike any other seat, enables it to be taken off the toilet. This allows it to be thoroughly cleaned and replaced securely in a matter of seconds and is still guaranteed not to come loose.

Grab rails are a simple but effective solution for reducing falls in the bathroom. Find’s grab rails are available in a variety of colour options and two different materials – ABS plastic and powder-coated steel. Both are suitable for most situations, however, we recommend ABS in very wet area’s such as over the bath or in a shower.

Raised seats are available in red and blue and three heights – 50mm, 100mm and 150mm - and feature fixings which securely locate the seat to the pan. They are beneficial to anyone who has difficulty lowering themselves to the height of a standard toilet seat.

Drop down support bars can provide a little more assistance than a grab rail when fitted close to the toilet to lean on when sitting and standing. They can also be folded out of the way for greater convenience.

Find’s Toilet Frames are adjustable to fit around most toilet pans. They are light-weight and portable, assembling easily in just a few moments, yet very strong with a capacity of up to 190kg.

Our solutions are all about using highly visible and high contrast colour to establish a clear route to the toilet and once there, to use the same principles to ‘decypher’ that environment by making the important things, grab rails and the toilet itself, easier to see. This boosts confidence and independence as well as helping to maintain or restore dignity.

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