The Changing Places Consortium campaign on behalf of the thousands of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their carers, and the many other disabled people who cannot use standard accessible toilets. Providing Changing Places toilets in public places makes a dramatic difference to the lives of thousands of people who desperately need these facilities.
Changing Places toilets have enough space for disabled people and their carers, and the right equipment.
The toilets provide:
- The right equipment
- A height adjustable changing bench
- A tracking hoist system, or mobile hoist
- Adequate space in the changing area for the disabled person and up to two carers
- A centrally placed toilet with room either side for the carers
- A screen or curtain to allow the disabled person and carer some privacy
- A safe and clean environment
- Wide tear off paper roll to cover the bench
- A large waste bin for disposable pads
- A non-slip floor.
There are around 565 Changing Places toilets in the UK, with 86 being in Scotland at the moment, and a map on the website tells exactly where they are.
The Changing Places Consortium including Mencap and PAMIS are calling for Changing Places to be installed in all big public places, including city centres, shopping malls and leisure venues.