Equipment specialist Closomat has supplied and installed a Changing Places assisted accessible toilet at three Morrisons stores.
The supermarket chain is one of only a handful of retailers in the country to begin providing these special WC facilities for people who require complex care.
Claire Haymes, Closomat’s Changing Places project co-ordinator, said: “Campaigners for Changing Places have told us that they’ve had to abandon their trolley and leave the store because their loved one has needed toilet facilities whilst doing the weekly shop, and there has been nowhere suitable for them in-store.
“They need more space, and/or special equipment- to help lift and transfer from a wheelchair for example.
“The facility means that people with disabilities, and those that care for them, can now at least shop at their local Morrisons, knowing there are suitable toilets if they need.”
All Changing Places completed by Closomat at Morrisons provide the space and equipment people who need help to toilet require, as specified in the British Standard – 12m2, a ceiling track hoist, peninsular WC, height adjustable adult-sized changing bench.
They are provided alongside conventional wheelchair-accessible WCs, plus the accepted WC provision- separate women, men, baby change.
Under Building Regulations and British Standards (BS8300:2018), a Changing Places should be provided in any facilities to which numbers of the public have access and spend a length of time.