What’s at Naidex in the loo department?

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So, it’s that time of year again where I laugh at have a serious look at what’s new at Naidex – the crazy convention showcase that is all things health/lifestyle/disability. We take a look at the exhibitors lists and play ‘spot the new toilet gadget’.

If you spot something we have missed – let us know!

First up – the Innovation Trail

This is the annual shortlist of products less than a year old or new ideas which are being launched at Naidex. Sometimes you see some crazy things you think ‘there is no way anyone will buy that’ through to ‘oh that’s a good idea’.

So what’s new in the toilet / hygiene department?

Well, forget taking a ride on the rotating shower tray (I kid ye not) and head over to Stand H37 for PDS Hygiene. They will be showing off their bidet shower chair (BSC-100) and what looks like a new model of their hand held powered travel bidet.

I’m not sure how the bidet shower chair would work over the Biobidet models BB1000 and later as they rely on skin contact with a sensor on the seat to power up.

If barrier creams are more your thing – then take a look at 3M’s stand over in section D38. They can show you their Cavilon Barrier Cream that can help skin that has become sore (or could become sore) from incontinence.

Geberit_AquaClean_8000plus_care.jpgThe new Gerberit AquaClean 8000plus Care (wow that is some name) might be worth a look (Left).

It’s a shower toilet that is compatible with many paediatric shower chairs being activated by button or remote control. I assume it is also compatible for for adult over the toilet chairs too. They are over on Stand G29B

Still on the theme of all singing and dancing toilets – Aquarius Hygiene (Stand D36) have their own version of a wash/dry toilet seat similar to the BioBidet range they are calling the Intelligent Bidet. It is powered by a tethered remote with other options available.

Looking at the picture, for my personal bum comfort, I prefer a wider and more contoured seat – and seat shape and comfort really matters as you sit through the wash and dry actions (and you have to be sitting in the right place!!). So, shop around and compare specifications according to what suits.

Other products and companies to check out.

All the usual exhibitors are back for 2016. You might also want to check out companies selling hoists and toilet slings – although some of the big names like Liko do not appear to have a stand listed if you believe the search function.

  • Product list searches do not appear to bring up all products shown within individual companies e.g. search for sling and it says there are only 5 products.
  • Toilet brings up 26 products – somewhat disappointing considering how critical/essential it is.
  • Could not find any ostomy products listed. Coloplast – are you there?

Aquarius Hygiene

As well as their new Intelligent Bidet, their other products include the Porta Bidet and Handy Bidet travel kit.

ArjoHuntleigh: 

Products include the Carendo over the toilet shower chair/hygiene chair and shower tables/changing benches.

Designability

Toilet Handles

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Ergolet – Hera Hygiene chair and changing trolley/bench amongst others.

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Euan’s Guide – if you haven’t got their red cord cards, where have you been this last year! Go and take a look.

Made 2 Aid

Wheelable – an over the toilet shower chair.

 

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NRS Healthcare: Bringing out the new SeaHorse models of toileting and shower chairs for children and young adults. (Stand J7)

Pressalit Care

“Our product range includes height adjustable washbasins, toilets, changing benches and shower seats”

Pressalit happen to have my favourite most comfortable toilet seats “accommodating different shaped toilets and people”.

 

1st Call Mobility

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They have the Baros – a heavy duty heigh adjustable shower commode/ over the toilet commode for people with obesity

Finally the things that aren’t disability specific …

The BlueBadge Company are selling toiletry bags.

 

What has Naidex 2014 got to offer with regards to using the loo?

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Next week is Naidex when many people make their annual pilgrimage up to the NEC in Birmingham to display new and shiny products.  So,  what new and exciting toilet related products will be showcased …. we cruised the Naidex innovation section of their website to take a look.

These reviews are completely my own – I haven’t seen the products or used them….. these are my thoughts based on first impressions! What do you think?

The Migloo

First up is the Migloo.  It resembles a caravan awning (tent) attached to the side of a mobility car with an overhead portable gantry hoist and plinth inside. It attaches to a roof rack frame you would fix to your car.

Hopping over to their website, they describe it as a portable changing suite and toilet space. It takes around ten minutes to set up and they say it fits most wheelchair accessible vehicles.

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Picture source: http://www.migloo.co.uk

It weighs 26kg and the gantry hoist can lift people up to 200kg (65 lifts per hoist charge). It comes in a choice of three colours (red, blue and yellow).

First thoughts:

I  use a hoist with my Personal Assistant. Because there are so few accessible toilets with a hoist in throughout the entire country, the idea of having one to hand is interesting.

Now – that is the critical question – is it actually convenient enough to use? If I am going to the cinema, let’s say, am I really going to take up two parking places, get my PA to attach a tent to the side of my car, set up the hoist – and carry a commode around in my car so I can use the loo? I can definitely say that would be a ‘no’.

Now – would I go out for the day somewhere – say to the beach, a tourist attraction or just a visit to a distant town, and set this up in the car park to use the loo. I still don’t think I would – I can imagine the look on people’s faces and the guilt I would have taking up two spaces (not to mention sticking out like a sore thumb!). I really don’t think I could pee in a town car park, in a tent, without looking like I should be selling AA membership.

I might use it in a secluded area – like a forest car park, country park or somewhere with a bit of privacy.

I’d also have to consider the extra height this adds to the car – which is already pretty tight going under some car park height restrictions. A further factor would be the need to carry a suitably supportive commode around in my car and lose some of the independence of changing places toilets with bidets as I can’t wipe – but that’s just my preference.

All in all, personally, I wouldn’t find much regular use for it, but some people might so good luck to them with this idea.

The Hygeenie Sling

A new hygiene / toilet sling from Osprey Healthcare (pdf here). It has a velcro or clip chest band and an under arm design for comfort. It doesn’t look much different form similar slings for people with reasonable muscle tone (who don’t fold up into a foetal position when lifted up). A range of sizes and colours which are pretty funky.

Other

A height adjustable sink and none slip flooring for wet rooms also feature – new styles and materials but nothing that says ‘wow’ that’s a new and interesting idea.

There are many types of toilet related products on display at Naidex this year – but will there be anything really innovative to improve hygiene and dignity for disabled people  … time will tell.