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A key installer in many Changing Places projects


A Changing Places facility is a combined toilet, shower and changing room for use by people with complex and multiple disabilities.


Standard disabled toilets do not provide changing benches or hoists. Most are too small to accommodate more than one person. Without Changing Places toilets, the person with disabilities is put at risk, and carers are forced to change the patient on a toilet floor. This is dangerous, unhygienic and undignified.

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.


Changing Places toilets are different to standard disabled toilets, with extra features and more space to meet these needs. Each Changing Places toilet should provide:

The right equipment:

An XY overhead hoist system to allow the user's assistant(s) to fit the user's sling to the hoist and manoeuvre the person to the various items in the facility. A 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
  • 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.