What Equipment is Needed for a Changing Places Facility?
The requirements for a facility to be considered Changing Places are numerous. Below we have listed the main pieces of equipment that are required.
This list is in addition to other items, such as wide paper dispensers, assistance alarms, mirrors, and waste bins. All of these features must be carefully considered when planning a Changing Places facility; to make a guests experience as safe and comfortable as possible. Ventilation and heating must also be considered in adapted bathrooms (imagine how uncomfortable it would be to be washed or changed in an unhated room).
The toilet in a Changing Places should be peninsula style to provide ease of access from both sides and people who are lowered by a hoist.
Height adjustable sink
Ideally a height adjustable sink should be provided to allow people to use it from either a seated or standing position. This is for the comfort of both wheelchair users and those assisting them.
Grabrails and dropdown support rails should be provided to both sides of the WC to offer support to people while transferring and seated.
Should be easy to operate and configured so as not to cause confusion or injury. Mixer taps, and automatic infra-red taps should be avoided.
Ceiling track hoist
A ceiling track host which covers the whole room should be provided. This is to enable a facility user to be comfortably transferred between the toilet, changing bench and washing facilities. A sling isn’t required in a Changing Places facility – these are usually brought along by guests or their assistants.
A mobile privacy screen should be provided. Some people only need help transferring to a toilet, so a screen affords them privacy whilst using the loo. Care assistants can also utilise these if they need to use the bathroom.
Height adjustable changing bench
An adult sized, height adjustable changing bench should be provided for those who need to be laid down for changing, dressing or showering. The height can be adjusted for guests who can self-transfer and then again by their assistant to a comfortable working height.
Showers are not a Changing Places requirement but should be considered in leisure facilities such as swimming pools. Showers should be ‘wet room’ style, not have steps into them, and feature appropriate seating.
Take a look at our example Changing Places facility and equipment list.
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The list above contains the main features of a Changing Places facility, but there are also room dimensions to consider, doors, signage and whole host of special features. Even decorating and lighting should be considered to provide the most comfortable experience you possibly can for your disabled guests.
This can all sound rather daunting and confusing but here at iHUS we can guide you through this process and advice you on where to put your new facility, building regulations, and all the equipment needed.
Our Changing Places facilities exceed BS8300 requirements and what’s more, we can manage the entire project from start to finish for you.
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