The British Standard for accessibility in the built environment has been updated to recommend wash and dry toilets over conventional WCs.
BS8300:2018 design of an accessible and inclusive built environment, now notes that replacement of a conventional WC within the facility with a wash and dry (automatic shower) toilet, can enable greater independence and dignity for users.
A wash and dry toilet, looks like – and can be used as – a conventional WC; integrated douching and drying facilities mean it cleans the user after toileting without the need for manual wiping with toilet tissue.
The upgrade means that the millions of people who need care support could go to the toilet without having to rely on their carer(s) to wipe them clean afterwards.
It also means that people who may only need help in toileting can still ‘go’ when away from home, knowing they are properly clean afterwards.
Closomat is a major supplier and installer of Changing Places toilets, which, under Building Regulations and the British Standard, should be provided in any building, venue to which numbers of the public have access, or spend a period of time.
Closomat has worked with brands including MOTO, Cadbury World, National Exhibition Centre, Gatwick Airport and intu to install Changing Places, ahead of the update in the Standard.
Claire Haymes, Closomat’s away-from-home specialist, said: “Latest figures reveal that bathroom facilities are one of the top 10 barriers to accessibility outside the home; the same report claims that, by failing to meet the demands of disabled people, businesses could be missing out on a share of £420million in revenue a week. So there is a sound business reason to provide appropriate toilets such as Changing Places.
“Over our decade of experience in the provision of Changing Places, we have found increasingly that venues ask, as they are developing their Changing Places, what steps can they take to optimise its usage. Many have already fitted a Closomat in place of a conventional WC, reasoning it delivers greater dignity to users and extends the useability of the facility.”