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Changing Places Vs Disabled Access Toilet

In this blog, we explore all the differences between a Changing Places facility vs a disabled access toilet.

There are an estimated 1.2 million wheelchair users in the UK and so it is vital that accessible facilities are put in place to allow those with disabilities the same rights.

With over 12 million disabled people in the UK (50% of which have a hidden disability), it is important that disabled access toilets cater to a multitude of needs including; wheelchair users, colostomy bag users and other physical conditions that may require support.

Here we will explore all the differences between a Changing Places facility vs a disabled access toilet.

Disabled Access Toilets

Designed to meet the needs of most disabilities, toilets with disabled access are there to provide equal access to toilets in establishments, under the Equality Act 2010.

A disabled access toilet must meet certain requirements to qualify:

  • The space must be 1500mmx2200mm with no minimum height
  • The door must have a minimum width of 900mm
  • It must include grab rails
  • A lowered washbasin is essential
  • Standard sanitary bins are required for female hygiene products.

Why Do We Need More Disabled Access Toilets?

Most public accessible toilets in the UK are designed for independent use.

The need for more and better disabled access toilets is increasing within the UK. Access to a disabled toilet is vital for not only a disabled person’s health and well being but also their social inclusion and equality. Under the Care Act 2014 the integration of care and support to promote individual well being means businesses must comply with accessibility regulations.

We helped Kent County Council improve accessibility at one of their most popular parks.
a disabled person using a motorised wheelchair

Types of Accessibility

As we are aware. The term ‘accessibility’ certainly isn’t ‘one size fits all’. Disabled access toilets are catered for the needs of most disabilities.

Ambulant Accesible Toilets

Ambulant accessible toilets are similar in size to a ‘regular’ cubicle and are intended for those who can walk independently but may need assistance with the toilet itself.

Fully Accesible Toilet

A much larger accessible toilet, intended to accommodate wheelchair users amongst other disabilities.

Changing Places

Changing Places, established in 2005, is a campaign working to support those with profound and multiple disabilities to access appropriate toilets and changing equipment.

Disabled access toilets don’t provide the appropriate space or facilities for an adult to wash or change. Especially those adults who must be supported by a carer(s). Approximately 250,000 people require the facilities that Changing Places has to offer.

Social inclusion and equality applies to all; those with, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, for example. Without Changing Places, their needs aren’t being met.

With standards neglecting the needs of those with profound disabilities and learning difficulties, we are not succeeding in creating accessible establishments. Changing Places provides a safe and hygienic place for those to go to the toilet, wash and change with dignity and privacy.

The total number of registered Changing Places Toilets so far is 1711.

Why RISE?

If you’re reading this and asking – who can install my Changing Places Facility? It’s us! RISE is the only modular construction company that intertwines our specialist knowledge of Changing Places, modular construction and purpose and values to deliver safe and accessible facilities across the UK.

Our usual standard practice of delivering a fully assembled Changing Places pod and craning it into place uniquely positions us in the Changing Places market.

Find out more about our recent Changing Places projects here.

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