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Changing Places Are Accessible to All with the Wealden-iHUS Partnership

Changing Places Are Accessible to All with the Wealden-iHUS Partnership
By Dale Campbell 23 March 2017 958 Views 1 comment

Changing Places Are Accessible to All with the Wealden-iHUS Partnership

Standard disabled toilets aren’t suitable for all needs. For instance, they don’t provide changing benches or hoists, and they’re often not large enough for both wheelchair users and their carers. That’s why Changing Places facilities exist – it’s a combined toilet, shower and changing room for those with complex disabilities.

Here at Wealden Rehab, we’re proud to partner with iHUS, a provider of modular Changing Places facilities. In this blog, I look at the challenges environments like older buildings, shopping centres and leisure centres face when implementing Changing Places – and how you can overcome them.

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Why Changing Places?

Most people don’t have to think about whether they’ll be able to use the toilet when they go shopping or to the seafront, but for those with complex disabilities it’s a daily struggle. With Changing Places, life becomes less stressful and easier to manage.

And that means they spend more time out and about, which translates to higher footfall and potentially more revenue. For instance, instead of having to leave a shopping centre after 2 hours because there are no suitable changing facilities, people can spend whole days shopping – resulting in increased revenues for facilities operators.

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Overcoming challenges of installing Changing Places toilets

Changing Places BS 8300:2009 has a floor size requirement of 12m2 – considerably larger than a standard disabled toilet. This means that places like leisure centres, sports grounds, shopping centres, public buildings and parks often struggle to accommodate these much-needed facilities.

Environments that don’t have space for Changing Places have 3 main options:

  1. Retrofitting by amalgamating 2-3 rooms, for example an existing disabled toilet and a storeroom
  2. Building extensions
  3. Installing modular solutions

Retrofitting and extending can be costly, time-consuming and difficult due to regulations and compliance issues.

Modular solutions from experts like iHUS offer a simple and cost-effective option. You can have your Changing Places toilet on any piece of land (it doesn’t need to be attached to an existing building), and they’re fully compliant out of the box.

Think of it as creating space, rather than taking up space. What’s more, since modular solutions are built off-site, there’s minimal disruption. Installation only takes a few days rather than weeks, so you can carry on with business as usual.

Our partnership with iHUS brings together a thorough understanding of equipment capabilities, user needs, building design, accessibility considerations and project efficiency.

Ben Hickey, Adaptations Manager at iHUS, put it very nicely:

“Combining Wealden's holistic knowledge of care equipment and with iHUS' expertise in living solutions gives you an easy way to boost accessibility and comply with building regulations – while offering your visitors a superior experience.”

For more information about Changing Places and how Wealden Rehab and iHUS can help, contact us on sales@wealdenrehab.com or at 0845 658 8411.

Ben Campbell 23 March 2017 at 15:33
An awesome idea, and a perfect example of the kind of synergy that Wealden excel at!