Why are changing places toilets important?
Thousands of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities cannot use standard accessible toilets.
They need support from one or two carers to use the toilet or to have their continence pad changed.
Standard accessible 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 families are forced to risk their own health and safety by changing their daughter or son on a toilet floor.
This is dangerous, unhygienic and undignified.
It is now accepted and expected that everyone has a right to live in the community, to move around within it and access all its facilities. Government policy promotes the idea of ‘community participation’ and ‘active citizenship’, but for some people with disabilities the lack of a fully accessible toilet is denying them this right.
Although the numbers are increasing, there are still not enough Changing Places toilets.
Providing these toilets in public places would make a dramatic difference to the lives of thousands of people who desperately need these facilities.