Why Aren’t Disabled Toilets Suitable for Everyone?
We have come a long with disability access in the UK, in general, most places including businesses and public areas will have a standard disabled toilet, ramps for wheelchair users and alternative methods of communication, such as Braille. But there are still thousands of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities who can’t use standard disable toilets.
These people may need the support of two care assistants to use the toilet or may need a continence pad changing. In a standard disabled toilet, there isn’t usually a bench or hoist, so this automatically excludes any adults who require continence pads changing. Most accessible toilets are also too small to accommodate more than one person – they are only suitable for wheelchair users who can self-transfer to the toilet, not those who need the help of carers.
Without Changing Places, life can be a struggle for anyone with profound disabilities. Parents or carers are forced to change continence pads on dirty toilet floors or risk the person they are caring for feeling very uncomfortable. It can be a humiliating experience for both the disabled person and carer. Not only is the practice humiliating, but it can also be dangerous; both bathroom users are put at risk of injury or infection.
The extra features in a Changing Places toilet provide a severely disabled person and their care assistant or family, with a more than adequate space.