When considering a Changing Places facility, it is important that the equipment installed meets all current disabled changing room regulations. Read our earlier blogs form more information on the regulations that apply
In this section of the the 5 step guide to a successful changing places installation we will cover more items of equipment that are crucial to the installation.
As mentioned in earlier articles you will notice that there are various options of equipment. The selection of any equipment will depend on a number of factors, including:
In a Changing Places facility, the toilet should be centrally located as a “peninsular” at least a metre away from walls on either side. By providing space on both sides of the toilet, wheelchair transfers or assistance from carers is enabled, leading to a safer experience for the users. The toilet should be extra deep to enable hoists to work with it and a back support is often very helpful too.
Standard Toilet – As a cost effective option, a standard toilet will meet the Changing Places requirements,. As discussed above, it should be extra deep to enable wheelchair transfers, and provided with a backrest for semi independent users. A high toilet is also useful for user who can walk, and this will also be compatible with the hoist system.
Height Adjustable Toilet – Useful to be able to change the height for different users. Height adjustment is available in manual and electric versions. Also can come with grab-rails attached.
Aquaclean – Auto wash/dry. Automatic WC that does everything for you….. Perfect for those who want to maintain dignity and independence in the bathroom. At the touch of a button the AquaClean 8000 plus Shower Toilet will wash, clean and dry after using the toilet. This toilet combines all the features of a conventional WC and bidet, with the comfort of warm-air drying. A simple to use shower, drying and air purifying operation makes for a cleaner and more hygienic experience that is virtually hands-free. Fresh heated water cleaning at body temperature allows for a much more pleasant and comfortable sensation, yet the manual feature enables conventional use if the bathroom is used by multiple persons.
The Changing Places standard requires a total of 5 straight grab-rails, and 2 drop down grab-rails.
These are located in the following positions:
Straight grab-rail options
When considering the options for straight grab-rails, the following questions may help:
Drop down grab-rails
Considerations for the options for drop down grab-rails include:
In addition to the major pieces of equipment outlined above, there are other smaller items that combine to make the room work effectively for disabled users. These are listed below.
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In summary it is relatively easy to meet disabled changing room regulations when installing a Changing Places toilet – a little forethought and planning is all that’s needed.
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