The potential risk of flushing thousands of pounds down the toilet can be avoided for venues wanting to open their doors to disabled customers, Closomat believes.
The bathroom supplier and installer, has produced a quick reference checklist to help all involved in the design and provision of the facilities get it right.
The guide can be found HERE.
“Working as closely with those that need Changing Places toilets as we do, we get to hear about the spectrum of problems they encounter, even though a venue has tried to open its doors to them,” said Kelvin Grimes, Closomat’s away from home project manager.
“It can be something as simple as the toilet is not signed, so they can’t even find it. It can be something as fundamental as insufficient ceiling height to use the hoist to lift their loved one from a wheelchair, or the hoist not reaching crucial fixtures such as the WC.
“Big or small, the issues are enough to prevent those that need Changing Places being able to use the facilities that are available.
“That means the venue has wasted the capital investment. Hopefully our guide will help get it right going forward, so the venues benefit from their investment, and users benefit from having a toilet they can use.”
Changing Places toilets are an additional provision over and above conventional wheelchair-accessible toilets.
While currently a ‘desirable’ option, there may soon be legislative changes making their provision compulsory.
Changing Places provide more space and equipment, to enable people who need help to deal with their intimate hygiene when away from home to do so in an appropriate environment.