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What are Changing Places toilets?

Standard accessible toilets do not meet the needs of all people with a disability. Over ¼ million people in the UK with a disability need extra equipment and space to allow them to use the toilets safely and comfortably. These needs are met by Changing Places toilets.

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Toilet
A centrally placed, peninsular toilet with room either side for a wheelchair user, and wall-mounted vertical grab rails and drop-down support rails on either side to offer support while transferring and while seated.
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The room should be at least 12 square metres, which will provide adequate space for the user, turning space for a wheelchair and room two carers if required. The floor surface should be non-slip and there should be plenty of space for a privacy screen and waste bins.
Washbasin
The washbasin should have clear space below the bowl, to allow a wheelchair user to access it comfortably. Ideally a height adjustable washbasin is preferred so that the height can be adjusted to suit the needs of the user. Many Changing Places Toilets also provide a shower which can be used with a shower seat or over the changing bench.
Changing Bench & Hoist
A height adjustable, adult-sized changing bench to provide a comfortable, stable platform for people who use incontinence pads or who need help being changed or undressed to use the toilet. A ceiling track hoist eliminates the need to lift a person manually and removes the risk of injury to the carer or the person being transferred. It allows someone who cannot self-transfer to move about the room with comfort and dignity.

Who are they for?

In the UK the number of people who would benefit from a Changing Places toilet would include approximately:

  • 40,000

    people with profound and multiple learning disabilities

  • 130,000

    older people, including people with Dementia and Alzheimer's

  • 30,000

    people with muscular dystrophy and neuromuscular conditions

  • 30,000

    people with cerebral palsy

  • 13,000

    people with an acquired brain injury

  • 8,500

    people with Multiple Sclerosis

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Why are Changing Places toilets important?

People may be limited in their own mobility so need equipment to help them to either get on the toilet or to have their continence pad changed.

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