Quite simply, they are accessible toilets that are designed to meet the needs of children and adults with complex care disabilities. Larger in size than a standard disabled toilet, they include specialist healthcare equipment to enable individuals to use a toilet comfortably and safely, as well as giving space for carer support.
Changing Places are being installed in various locations and facilities all over the UK. Buildings with a Changing Place give disabled people a dignified, well-equipped place where they can use the bathroom and carry out any necessary hygiene procedures. For more in depth knowledge, read our blog What sort of buildings need Changing Places?
Some common places that are being encouraged to have a changing places facility include,
The Changing Places campaign states that there are approximately 250,000 people across the UK who would benefit from a Changing Place. These include individuals with profound and multiple learning disabilities, those with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, motor neurone disease, older people or those who have acquired a brain injury. These are the people who need better-equipped public toilets, and if there are no Changing Places, then their needs aren’t being met. For a more in depth explanation, see our blog Why are Changing Places important?