Changing Places toilet
We are proud that High Rise will include an accessible ‘Changing Places’ toilet facility. We know from our research with parents and carers that standard accessible toilets do not meet the needs of all people with a disability so we have taken the decision to invest in a Changing Places toilet.
Changing Places toilets are larger than standard disabled toilets, with extra features and more space. Our Changing Places toilet will provide specialised equipment, enough space and a clean and safe environment. By providing space, privacy and appropriate equipment, High Rise is supporting families and carers to look after people with disabilities in dignified and hygienic conditions.
While the Changing Places toilet will feature a ceiling-mounted hoist system, for health and safety reasons we do not provide slings for the hoist. We kindly ask users of our Changing Places toilet to bring their own sling.
The Changing Places toilet at High Rise includes:
- A height adjustable, adult-sized changing bench
- A ceiling-mounted hoist system
- Enough space for a disabled person and up to two carers
- A centrally located toilet with space either side
- A curtain to allow privacy
- Wide tear off paper roll to cover the bench
- A large waste bin for disposable pads
- A non-slip floor
- An accessible shower
- An emergency pull-cord
Why Changing Places toilets are so important
The Changing Places Consortium launched its campaign in 2006 on behalf of the over 1/4 of a million people who cannot use standard accessible toilets because they may not be able to walk or stand. This includes people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, as well as older people. They may need support from one or two carers to use the toilet. Most toilets are too small to accommodate more than one person. Without a Changing Places toilet, the person with disabilities may be unable to use a toilet facility in a safe or dignified way.
For more information on Changing Places, click here.