Standard accessible toilets do not meet the needs of all people with a disability.
People with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well as people with other disabilities such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis often need extra facilities to allow them to use the toilets safely and comfortably.
Changing Places toilets are different to standard accessible toilets (or “disabled toilets”) as they have extra features and more space to meet the needs of people who use them.
Recommendations for Changing Places equipment and room layouts can be found in BS8300 (fig 58) and from changing-places.org.
Shower and changing tables
Pressalit offers a range of high quality, fixed or power adjusted showering and changing tables designed to provide a stable platform suitable for changing adults and children in a variety of settings: schools, day care centres, institutions, hospitals and private homes.
When choosing a changing or showering table for Changing Places, BS8300 requires that the bench is height adjustable, at least 1800mm long and capable of lifting 125kg.
The aim is to make it as easy as possible for users to get on and off the toilet during daily use. The aim is also to make the carer‘s work easier, and make the process comfortable and dignified for the user. To ensure good hygiene by making cleaning easier. But creating an attractive and inviting environment is also key.
BS8300 states that it is an advantage if the support arms positioned either side of the toilet in a Changing Places facility are height adjustable.
Lifter for washbasin
When different people need to use a washbasin, it is practical if the height can be individually adjusted. Pressalit‘s powered washbasin lifters in the SELECT series are perfect for bathrooms in hospitals and nursing homes. For Changing Places, BS8300 recommends the provision of a large powered height adjustable basin.
With its simple and clean visual expression, the washbasin lifter blends in naturally in an inviting bathroom, without compromising on design, safety or functionality.