Considerations

For a Changing Places to be considered for the ‘Online National Register’ (whereby facilities and their locations are easily found by users), the Changing Places must adhere to a certain set of guidelines.

 

Changing Places requirements are in place to assure users and carers of a set standard, including the amount of space expected in the room for users and up to two carers.

 

The provision of a Changing Places toilet facility is recognised as a guideline for best practice for those looking to provide leading accessible facilities for their disabled visitors/guests/users. Changing Places are a British Standard in Scotland but not yet in England, however the BS8300:2009 provides guidance for good practice for the design of new publicly accessible buildings and the approaches to meet the needs of disabled people.

 

Changing Places is socially recognised as ‘the right thing to do’ and is proven by countless campaigners and families to change lives and lifestyles by providing a well-designed place to cater to thousands of people’s specialist needs, daily.

Basic Checklist

  • The Right Equipment:
    – Hoist (Ceiling or Floor)
    – Height Adjustable Changing Bench
    Washbasin (Preferably height adjustable)
    Peninsular Toilet
    Grab Rails
    – Doc M Pack

  • Enough Space:
    – 12m sq (3m x 4m)
    – Central toilet with room either side
    – Space for privacy screen or curtain

  • Safe and Clean Environment:
    – Bench covering tear off paper roll
    – Large waste bin for disposable pads
    – Non-slip floor