Q: What about access and security? Does the Changing Places toilet need to be kept locked?
A: The decision about security is one for the venue installing the CP toilet. After undertaking a risk assessment some venues prefer open access, some use a Radar key, some use access via an information point, some have membership schemes which offer greater security.
Q: Why is this kind of toilet different from a “standard accessible toilet”? Why do you need both?
A: Thousands of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities cannot use standard accessible toilets. They need support from one or two carers to use the toilet or to have their continence pad changed. Standard accessible toilets do not provide changing benches or hoists. Most are too small to accommodate more than one person. Without Changing Places toilets, the person with disabilities is put at risk, and families are forced to risk their own health and safety by changing their daughter or son on a toilet floor.
Changing Places toilets are different to standard disabled toilets with extra features and more space to meet these needs. Each Changing Places toilet provides:
The right equipment:
- a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench
- a tracking hoist system, or mobile hoist if this is not possible.
- adequate space in the changing area for the disabled person and up to two carers
- a centrally placed toilet with room either side for the carers
- a screen or curtain to allow the disabled person and carer some privacy.
A safe and clean environment:
- wide tear off paper roll to cover the bench
- a large waste bin for disposable pads
- a non-slip floor.
Q: Who is responsible for Changing Places toilets?
A: Different organisations will be responsible for different Changing Places toilets depending on how and by whom they were installed. Local authorities, other public sector or private organisations may all have installed a Changing Places toilet in your area.
Q: Do you register rooms with corner toilets?
A: A Changing Places toilet should have room either side for carers (a peninsular toilet). British standard BS:8300 recommends a minimum space of 1 metre between the nearest wall and the centre of the toilet. There are some registered Changing Places toilets that do have corner toilets. Please email or call us at the Changing Places consortium if you want to discuss any specifications in more detail.
Q: Are showers compulsory in a Changing Places toilet?
A: No. British Standard BS: 8300 includes a shower in its Changing Places information and this is recommended, especially in certain settings eg: a sports centre or swimming pool. It is not however compulsory for a Changing Places toilet to have a shower in order to register the facility on the Changing Places website. If installing a shower be aware that you will require appropriate floor drainage as waste water from a shower trolley may contain faecal matter.
Q: Is it possible to hire a Changing Places toilet for a specific event?
A: Yes it is possible to hire a mobile Changing Places toilet unit.
Q: Where is the nearest Changing Places toilet to me?
A: You can find the nearest Changing Places toilet by clicking here.