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A key installer in many Changing Places projects

 


Changing Places

A Changing Places facility is a combined toilet, shower and changing room for designed to help thousands of people with complex and multiple disabilities, for whom standard accessible toilets are not suitable


According to the campaign group Changing Places over a 1/4 million people across the UK need these easy access facilities to enable them to get out and about and enjoy the day-to-day activities many of us take for granted. Those who benefit from Changing Places installations include people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and older people.

Changing Places toilets are different to standard disabled toilets, with a higher specification for equipment and more space to meet users’ needs.

Each Changing Places toilet should provide:

The Right Equipment

  • An XY or H system overhead hoist system to allow the user's assistant(s) to affect a transfer in their sling and manoeuvre them to the care equipment in the facility. A minimum safe working load is needed of 200 kg.
  • A mobile or fixed changing bench, height adjustable and a minimum length of 1800mm.
  • A hydraulic/manual or power-operated height-adjustable washbasin should be considered for provision
  • A toilet suitable for disabled users, often the Clos-o-Mat or Geberit Aquaclean Care toilet options
  • In addition, a shower seat is recommended but is not compulsory.

Enough Space

  • A publicly accessible space
  • Adequate space in the changing area for the disabled person and up to two carers
  • A centrally placed toilet with room either side for the carers
  • A screen or curtain to allow the disabled person and carer some privacy.

A Safe and Clean Environment

  • Wide tear off paper roll to cover the bench
  • A large waste bin for disposable pads
  • A non-slip floor

Facts & Figures

According to research carried out by the University of Dundee those who would benefit from this disabled facility would include approximately:

  • 40,000 people with profound and multiple learning disabilities
  • 130,000 older people
  • 30,000 people with cerebral palsy
  • 13,000 people with an acquired brain injury
  • 8,500 people with Multiple Sclerosis
  • 8,000 people with Spina Bifida
  • 500 people with Motor Neurone Disease

The number of people with complex disabilities is growing across the UK which means there is more and more need for these toilet facilities in the future.

Several authorities, charities, leisure and community centres and schools across the UK have invested in making their facilities more accessible but there are still not enough. Providing these toilets in public places would dramatically change the lives for those who desperately need them.


Changing Places & Wealden Rehab

Wealden Rehab are keen supporters of the Changing Places campaign and have been a key installer in many projects providing a combined toilet, shower and changing room for use by people with complex and multiple disabilities.

Watch below how a Changing Places installation helped change a facility at Wingham Wildlife Park

Kent County Council also invested in a healthy number of adult Changing Places as an integral part of their Gateway Centre project, which we helped roll out across the county. You can read more here.

If you want to see more examples of the fantasrtic work we have done for Changing Places locations in the past, take a look at the imagery we have available below:

  • Changing Places Projects
  • Changing Places Projects
  • Changing Places Projects
  • Changing Places Projects
 

Other Information

To find a Changing Places toilet in the UK click here

If you have any questions about how our team at Wealden Rehab can help you install Changing Places facilities get in touch with one of our friendly and professional experts here.

The Changing Places Standard is based on the BS8300:2009; however, the standard requirements above should not be regarded as a substitute for information included in the British Standard. For a copy of the BS8300:2009+A1:2010 Code of Practice, please visit the British Standard webshop page.