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Changing Places, Changing Lives

Over a 1/4 million people need Changing Places toilets to enable them to get out and about and enjoy the day-to-day activities many of us take for granted.

A Dignified Solution

Standard accessible toilets don’t meet the needs of all disabled people. People who have profound and multiple learning difficulties, brain injury or age-related health issues, often need extra equipment and space to enable them to be changed or use the toilet safely. Thankfully, these needs are met by Changing Places toilets.

The Changing Places campaign is one of the most significant initiatives in disability access for the last 20 years. Its importance is reflected in current legislation (BS 8300:2009 and Building Regulations Approved Document M 2013) which describes Changing Places toilets as ‘desirable’ in larger buildings.

As a result, many large organisations are starting to rethink their toilet facilities and help some of the most vulnerable people in our society to enjoy a newfound freedom.

83% of disabled people have made a conscious decision not to visit somewhere if they believed there wouldn’t be suitable, clean toilet facilities for them to use.

Who Uses Changing Places?

  • 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

How Changing Places Can Transform Lives

Jane Cooper and Gillian Scotford of Access for All explain why Changing Places are so important to families across the UK. They explain that Changing Places can help bring families together and give hope to people who dream about visiting new places and having new experiences.

What’s Inside A Changing Places Toilet?

The right equipment

This includes a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench, ceiling track hoist system (or mobile hoist if this isn’t possible) and peninsular toilet.

Adequate Space

12sqm for a disabled person and up to two carers, including a centrally placed toilet with transfer space either side and a screen/curtain to allow privacy.

A safe, clean environment

A place that is publicly accessible, with a wide tear-off paper roll to cover the bench, a large waste bin for disposable pads and a non-slip floor.

Since the Changing Places campaign was launched back in 2006, over 1,000 facilities are now in-use — a number that has rapidly increased over the past couple of years.

Get in touch

If you simply have a question for us, please submit your details, along with a quick message, and we’ll back to you ASAP. You can also reach us on 01302 247 777 or email us at enquiries@ihus.group

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