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Tourism & accessibility- don’t forget the toilets!...

Written by Kelvin Grimes Published: 10 July 2019 The Government’s new tourism deal (*) sets ambitious targets to e...

Published Date 10/07/19

Dispelling the myths over the price of accessibility...

Written by Angela May Published: 10 July 2019 When it comes to the price of inclusion, there’s a lot of ‘fake news’ abo...

Published Date 10/07/19

Housing design: accessible, multi-generational, ‘age-proofed’ or simply ‘fit for...

Written by Angela May Published: 10 July 2019  Accessible housing- it’s the latest hot topic. But are we using the...

Published Date 10/07/19

Changing Places- the big picture...

WRITTEN BY ANGELA MAY PUBLISHED: 1 JULY 2019 If you are a larger disabled person, chances are you struggle to find...

Published Date 01/07/19

A big issue- obesity and daily life...

Written by Angela May Published: 1 July 2019 Obesity: we all know it’s a big (excuse the pun) issue. We all know i...

Published Date 01/07/19

Accessible Housing - What people want...

There’s much emphasis on affordable housing. ...

Published Date 04/06/19

Changing Places - What people want...

Compromise: It’s what the world is built on. One size does NOT fit all. But it CAN fit the majority… ...

Published Date 04/06/19

Game of Thrones and its portrayal of disabled people...

Now that Game of Thrones has concluded, it’s only right that we now reflect on why this TV behemoth was so successful (d...

Published Date 24/05/19

Throwing £15000+ down the drain…...

How is your boss, your board going to react to the wasting of at least £15,000(1)? If your venue has installed a Changi...

Published Date 21/05/19

Changing Places consultation - what it means...

For disabled people across the country, the announcement, over the weekend, of Government consultation on making Changin...

Published Date 14/05/19

Driving the way forward in making venues accessible...

Motorway services are setting an example to other industry sectors on inclusivity....

Published Date 03/05/19

Dealing with family life- in the bathroom...

The rising price of buying a home. The rising price of renting. Our parents living longer but starting to struggle to co...

Published Date 03/05/19

The secret pot of money to help you stay in your home...

The Disabled Facilities Grant is claimed to be the best kept secret of the welfare system. It is also a growing pot....

Published Date 11/04/19

A Closomat Case Study...

A Closomat Case Study   ...

Published Date 05/04/19

Enabling someone to do more than ‘manage’ delivers a great outcome...

Would you want someone to wipe your bottom?Would you want to wipe someone’s bottom?...

Published Date 02/04/19

Designs on being equipped and fit for purpose...

Remember the excitement as a child of going to the fair to try a new ride and being told you’re too small, too young?...

Published Date 02/04/19

A Closomat Case Study...

A Closomat Case Study...

Published Date 01/04/19

Shout for your right- to toilet...

Fingers crossed, despite all the furore over Brexit, this month should see the second reading of the Toilets (Accessibil...

Published Date 12/03/19

Sitting pretty - for life...

Practicality or looks? It’s always a balancing act. But does it need to be?...

Published Date 12/03/19

Independent toilet hygiene – meaningful or purposeful?...

In a recent presentation delegates and I discussed the difference and potential overlap between the terms ‘meaningful’ a...

Published Date 08/03/19

Whether I am in a wheelchair or not, I am still just another human being....

By Kim Edwards, Changing Places campaigner based in North Wales...

Published Date 08/02/19

Lift your accessibility provision...

If you take five minutes to ‘join the dots’ between a raft of stories hitting the headlines at the start of the year, th...

Published Date 01/02/19

Best use of technology...

The debate about the use of technology in healthcare is progressing, with an over-riding query being how to use it, well...

Published Date 01/02/19

Rally round for changing places...

At the end of this month, the possibility of Changing Places toilets becoming a legal requirement potentially draws a st...

Published Date 06/01/19

Designs on life changes...

Design matters. It’s official!...

Published Date 06/01/19

Changing places soon to be law?...

For years, campaigners have been pushing for the provision of Changing Places toilets to be a requirement under building...

Published Date 06/12/18

Get the commission...

“Plug and play” is a description we are now used to, and which we expect as standard from modern tech. But there are cer...

Published Date 06/12/18

Form or function?...

What sort of things went through your mind when you bought your last car?...

Published Date 18/11/18

Accessibility: have you got it covered?...

We’ve all been there- gone to the toilet away from home and been unable to ‘go’ because the facility was unuseable. May...

Published Date 04/11/18

Adapting to change in style...

“I don’t want visitors to use my bathroom. It looks like it’s for a disabled person, and I don’t want to look disabled”....

Published Date 04/11/18

Shape shifters...

What’s your excuse? We’ve said many a time that one of the most common excuses enterprises use when discussing the addi...

Published Date 08/10/18

Cadbury World...

I’ve always been determined to make sure the venues I manage are as accessible as possible. For me, this meant providi...

Published Date 04/10/18

Include the loo in bathroom accessories...

When we make the decision to refurbish the bathroom, we typically think about colour schemes, accessories and the little...

Published Date 04/10/18

Refurbishing? Get around to the toilets…...

Toilets are an essential part of any building where humans are- whether it’s a work or social space. Using them is somet...

Published Date 10/09/18

Going to the toilet- an essential part of our physiological need...

Going to the toilet- excretion- is one of the most fundamental needs for human survival. It is a basic building block, a...

Published Date 01/09/18

Going to the toilet – a complex activity....

We all go to the toilet, in one way or another and the average person will urinate up to 7 times a day and pass faeces u...

Published Date 08/08/18

The needs of the most…...

Toilet discrimination has been in the headlines again- is it ever out of them?- most recently because of gender and sexu...

Published Date 04/08/18

Drip dry?...

The concept of shower toilets, and the associated “wellness” they bring, is becoming more widely understood- and accepte...

Published Date 04/08/18

Be good sports and give us toilets!...

It is hard to not be aware of sport this month- the World Cup, Wimbledon, F1 British Grand Prix, The Open. But if you ha...

Published Date 26/06/18

Facilitate future-proofing of health & wellbeing...

In which sector do you think most of the home adaptations occur? Most of us would probably answer in social housing, for...

Published Date 26/06/18

Just for one day?...

With summer approaching, we all start planning trips, days out. But for the millions of families with a disabled member,...

Published Date 15/06/18

Housing for all...

There has been much talk in the media of late about the growing need for affordable housing. What about the growing nee...

Published Date 04/06/18

Would you pull your pants down in public?...

Campaigners believe so strongly in the need to highlight the lack of suitable toilets for people who need help, they’re ...

Published Date 10/05/18

Don’t miss out…...

A new report into disability(*) maintains that businesses could be missing out on a share of £420million in revenue a we...

Published Date 27/04/18

Sitting comfortably?...

We assume that toilet seats are oval, a standard size. The only variation may be colour. The truth is far different, esp...

Published Date 27/04/18

Access the visible and invisible...

We’ve all been ‘caught short’- away from home and for whatever reason needed the toilet urgently. For most of us, it’s m...

Published Date 28/03/18

Weight and toileting...

There is a frightening connection between your body weight and your ability to go to the toilet.  ...

Published Date 28/03/18

Grab a lift!...

In our away from home toilet provision, are we, as a nation, failing to grab a simple way to enable at least ¼ million- ...

Published Date 27/02/18

Stand up for toilet help...

How many of you- or your clients- struggle to get out of the chair?  ...

Published Date 27/02/18

Time to future-proof...

For years, we have championed that appropriate, timely adaptations reap dividends in people’s ability to remain in their...

Published Date 15/02/18

New standard extends options for accessibility...

‘Best practice’ guidelines for accessibility relating to any building accessed by the public, in numbers or for a period...

Published Date 07/02/18

"Just about managing..."?...

It’s a fact of life that, with each day that passes, we change, as we age. Whether or not we view ourselves as disabled,...

Published Date 29/01/18

Changing toilet standards...

Best practice’ guidelines on assisted accessible toilet provision have changed, extending the remit to apply to even mor...

Published Date 29/01/18

How #valuable is disability? #strictly speaking, very!...

There’s a new global campaign to encourage business to tackle disability exclusion around the world- #valuable.  ...

Published Date 16/01/18

Lucy Leonard - OT Blog...

I’ve been an occupational therapist for over 18 years and have always worked with people in their own homes. ...

Published Date 15/01/18

Guarantee for independent living? Invest in pre-care...

There are plans afoot for a cross-party guarantee for independent living- in essence, investment in ‘pre-care’ measures ...

Published Date 03/01/18

Positive caring can deliver positive results...

The latest ‘buzz phrase’ in the health sector is ‘positive caring’- assessing people who need care and taking preventi...

Published Date 03/12/17

Falling short in avoiding being ‘caught short’...

If we need the toilet when travelling in the UK, our ability to find somewhere suitable is now in the lap of the Gods…...

Published Date 01/12/17

In future care about independent living...

In recent weeks, there has been much debate about securing the future of social care. Plans are proposed to ...

Published Date 03/11/17

Opening the door on ‘Away from Home’ toileting...

It’s reasonable, isn’t it, when you’re doing the weekly shop, out for a meal, that you can go to the toilet, ‘ on site’ ...

Published Date 03/11/17

Prevention is Better than Cure...

They say prevention is better than cure. They say the social care sector is in crisis, with not enough carers, not enoug...

Published Date 04/10/17

Do you ‘Get it’?...

We would hope that the people who deliver the buildings we visit in our leisure have a degree of intelligence. I appre...

Published Date 03/10/17

‘NHS airbnb’-OR EQUIP TO GO HOME...

The announcement of a trial whereby patients are discharged to ‘crowd source’ intermediate care by renting a room in a p...

Published Date 03/10/17

Improving the bottom line...

The bottom line is that if venues appropriately accommodate their customers’ toileting needs, their revenue- and profi...

Published Date 14/09/17

Grow your customer base by 30%...

If your shop or venue is inaccessible to anyone who needs care support, you’re excluding twice as many potential custome...

Published Date 05/09/17

Change in thinking could optmise best use of funding...

A new report has suggested that spending £270m on Disabled Facilities grants saves more than double that amount from hea...

Published Date 04/09/17

Corporate social responsibility in the toilet can improve the bottom line...

The definition of corporate social responsibility is the idea that businesses should balance profit-making activities ...

Published Date 15/08/17

Best use of social care? Adapt!...

Social care continues to be a hot topic- some would say it was a major influencer in the outcome of the General Electi...

Published Date 01/08/17

Meet the needs of the majority not the few...

Many of ‘our’ campaigners for away from home toilets with a bench and hoist are mothers of children with complex needs, ...

Published Date 17/07/17

Shouldn’t the British standard for inclusion do that?...

The British Standard- good practice guidelines- for accessibility and inclusion in buildings (BS8300)is being revised. B...

Published Date 03/07/17

The ‘hidden’ impact of diabetes...

More than 20 people a day have a limb amputated as a result of diabetes- a figure that is on the increase. ...

Published Date 03/07/17

Lack of accessibility could happen to you!...

For most of us a normal day involves getting out of bed, daily ablutions, and walking out the door- to go to work, shopp...

Published Date 16/06/17

It could be you!...

Most of us don’t give the impact of disability on daily life a passing thought. But maybe we should…. ...

Published Date 02/06/17

Look beyond the obvious...

You may well have seen the new ‘disabled toilet’ signage, that emphasises not every disability is visible. It’s great th...

Published Date 15/05/17

Not just about the money…...

The cost of care seems to never be out of the headlines, but have we got the emphasis wrong? Is it about the cost? Or is...

Published Date 01/05/17

Parliamentary call for chang(ing places)...

Campaigners are celebrating now as their drive to open the doors of thousands of venues moves a step closer, getting Par...

Published Date 28/04/17

The needs of the few, or the needs of the many?...

There’s a commonly-held perception- reinforced by Regulations- that when designing toilet accommodation in any publicly-...

Published Date 18/04/17

Helpful, for life!...

One thing that is inevitable in life is that we change as we age. Things we did, or wore, even last year may now no long...

Published Date 01/04/17

It could be you!...

When you read about people lobbying for a change to the law affecting the provision of accessible toilets in cinemas, ...

Published Date 15/03/17

Freedom restored...

Most of us take for granted being able to go to the loo whenever we want, with privacy. The reality for anyone with phys...

Published Date 01/03/17

“I’d never even thought about it…”...

To the majority of people, the ability to access suitable toilets away from home is something they’ve never even thought...

Published Date 15/02/17

“I’d never even thought about it…”...

We’ve all had that moment- until you’re faced with a situation, it hadn’t occurred to you what were the due consideratio...

Published Date 01/02/17

Fit for whose purpose…?...

The debate about accessible toilets being fit for purpose continues to rage among campaigners for assisted accessible to...

Published Date 19/01/17

Broken toilet day!...

I’m extremely grateful to Anne Wafula Strike for speaking out about her recent humiliating experience on the train. ...

Published Date 12/01/17

Fit for purpose?...

Whatever appliance, tool we use in our daily life, we expect it to be fit for purpose. ...

Published Date 05/01/17

Create value for clients- take it down the line to customers too!...

In the commercial world, we always have to balance the ROI, optimise value. Usually the consideration only goes as far...

Published Date 15/12/16

The intangible benefits of creating value...

There’s always discussion over delivering value for clients. The focus inevitably falls on £, but what about the intan...

Published Date 01/12/16

Can your toilet do that?!...

How many day-to-day things do more than a basic function? Phones, for example: you don’t just make calls, but take pic...

Published Date 01/11/16

The definition of reasonable...

There is much talk among about ‘reasonable adjustments’. But what is reasonable? Is it reasonable to expect your small, ...

Published Date 01/11/16

Rio 2016: the power of determination...

We watched in awe the personal triumphs at Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics, which demonstrated again a human being’s...

Published Date 04/10/16

What’s in a word?...

Those three little words have huge power, especially when it comes to Regulatory compliance. Some take them as good gu...

Published Date 04/10/16

Return trips to the Loo...

I recently went to Stockholm on a family mini break, flying via Heathrow Airport. I was delighted to see we were flying ...

Published Date 19/09/16

Join up services to obtain better outcomes...

By 2025 almost 1.5 million people aged 75 or over will be unable to manage at least one mobility/daily living activity o...

Published Date 01/09/16

The changing landscape in away from home toilets...

Recent evidence has revealed that in the last decade over 1700 public conveniences have closed, and some councils no lon...

Published Date 01/09/16

We all need to pee…...

Obesity is back in the headlines (does it ever go away?). There is always much focus on the need to lose weight, but r...

Published Date 04/08/16

Toilet Aids – Caring For Your Child's Toilet Needs...

By Robin Tuffley, Marketing Manager, Closomat As a nation, we don’t discuss toilets; if it comes up, it’s usually acc...

Published Date 02/08/16

Double discrimination...

Inaccessibility doesn’t just discriminate against a disabled person. It discriminates against their carers, their fami...

Published Date 01/08/16

Loo of the Year Awards encourage special toilets...

Since its introduction in 1987, the annual Loo of the Year Awards (LOYA) competition has helped focus the spotlight on ‘...

Published Date 25/07/16

They contacted me!...

I was amazed and impressed to be contacted by a small monkey sanctuary, Wild Futures. ...

Published Date 19/07/16

Made in Chelsea, wee’d in Chelsea...

Whilst I'm not particularly a birthday-celebrating sort of person I will happily BE one if I'm offered of a day of coc...

Published Date 14/07/16

Firefly Community Podcast - Interview with Claire Haymes...

Grab a cuppa and have a listen to our latest episode of the Firefly Community Podcast. ...

Published Date 07/07/16

Adapting to change...

Bathrooms are now the most common form of adaptation, even if it’s as small a thing as swapping a loo seat. ...

Published Date 01/07/16

How do you quantify ‘reasonable’ ?...

One would assume it is reasonable to expect to have access to a suitable toilet in a building or venue open to the publi...

Published Date 01/07/16

Size Matters...

I’m at that stage now, where I am saying I’m a father of a young man, not a child. ...

Published Date 13/06/16

Hoists in Hotels...

‘I wanted to attend my son’s wedding – but I couldn’t because there was no hoist in any of the hotel rooms nearby’ – sai...

Published Date 13/06/16

Shouldn’t all homes be inclusive?...

I am an architect and parent carer. Pre-children most of my design experience has been in home design, from individual h...

Published Date 06/06/16

Enabling access...

“As parents, carers, we shouldn’t need someone’s permission or to make an appointment to go to the loo”. It’s a sad refl...

Published Date 02/06/16

Milestone marker...

2016 is turning into quite a year for Total Hygiene, the company behind the Closomat brand. ...

Published Date 02/06/16

Campaigner Laura Moore gives a personal view why #benchandhoist matters and whee...

Picture this, you’re out with your beautiful kids enjoying your weekend, maybe visiting a café or having lunch in a re...

Published Date 09/05/16

Changing spaces...

The Lords Select Committee into the Equality Act has reported that “many restaurants, pubs and clubs are difficult to ac...

Published Date 02/05/16

Sustainable toileting...

Sustainability has become a buzzword in modern society, but its definition extends even to the little things of going to...

Published Date 02/05/16

Lorna FIllingham, Changing Places/Space to Change campaigner, explains her motiv...

Meet the Campaigners: Lorna Fillingham ...

Published Date 15/04/16

Spending power- top tips for good away from home accessible toileting specificat...

Disabled people are a big, and growing, audience, whose needs should be accommodated. Now, over 11million people in the ...

Published Date 01/04/16

At your service!...

How long have you had your toilet? ...

Published Date 01/04/16

Professionals Need to Pee...

Two months into my first job, I realised I had a problem. As a trainee solicitor in my firm’s Birmingham office, I was c...

Published Date 23/03/16

Toilet (in)accessibility in the NHS...

“The NHS, by its very nature, will serve a higher percentage of people who need very specific facilities to use the toil...

Published Date 29/02/16

Top 10 tips for an accessible toilet...

Theory is great, but think ahead to the practicalities: that applies to many things in life, but especially choosing a...

Published Date 29/02/16

Hoisting up requirements for away from home toilets...

New research has shown that for 80% of people surveyed, having an accessible toilet was important when going out and abo...

Published Date 01/02/16

Diabetes- a hidden impact...

Say diabetes to people, and they don’t logically think of toilets, but going to the loo is a bigger issue than you think...

Published Date 01/02/16

Educating special needs requirements...

Disabled students now account for almost 10% of further/higher education learners, so educational institutions need to a...

Published Date 04/01/16

Looking beyond the obvious...

To many people, you are only disabled if your limitation is physically obvious. We know, and appreciate, that many disab...

Published Date 04/01/16

Easy does it...

New research has shown that ease of use is the highest ranked consideration by both a wash/dry toilet specifier and the ...

Published Date 01/11/15

Changing Places: point the way...

We do occasionally get venues that have made the commitment and installed assisted, accessible- or Changing Places- toil...

Published Date 01/11/15

Really?!...

There is an adage, especially in the building industry, that you get what you pay for. It usually means equipment, but i...

Published Date 30/09/15

Feeling the pressure?...

When it comes to choosing a wash/dry toilet, the key is in its name: it is to WASH the bum. But you’d be surprised how o...

Published Date 30/09/15

Add a voice to help spend a penny...

We’ve all been out and about and needed a toilet, but then struggled to find one. But the lack of accessibility is hitti...

Published Date 18/09/15

Care extends beyond SEN...

Some 1/4m special educational needs / EHC (education health & care) statement are issued every year. Many of those c...

Published Date 08/09/15

Getting the right support...

One of the most common home adaptation, especially in toilets, is provision of grab rails, to provide support. ...

Published Date 08/09/15

The Equality Act has been much in the news this month, with the failure of so ma...

One point overlooked in the issue over making ‘reasonable adjustments’ is the WHEN… ...

Published Date 18/08/15

Are you sitting comfortably…?...

A good sitting position is key for anyone when going to the toilet, to ease bladder and bowel evacuation, and achieve ad...

Published Date 17/08/15

Protect investment in ‘spending a penny’…...

According to one of our customers, it would be ‘foolish’ not to take advantage of our service scheme for ‘out of home’ a...

Published Date 03/08/15

Bench press...

A key component of any hygiene room or Changing Places toilet is the adult-sized height adjustable changing bench. It’s ...

Published Date 29/06/15

Assistive technology at home eases bed blocking...

We constantly hear of awful situations where patients cannot be admitted to hospital, or are on beds in corridors. Usual...

Published Date 29/06/15

Housing providers: adapt to what people need...

We are all aware of the Government’s wish for people to remain in their own homes for as long as possible. But maybe hou...

Published Date 02/06/15

‘Changing places’- what it means...

For designers and specifiers of public environments, compliance with latest regulations and guidelines is being simplifi...

Published Date 02/06/15

Cost-effective best value practice compliance with care act...

The Care Act has now come into force. As we see it, something as simple as providing toileting assistive technology help...

Published Date 19/05/15

Suitable school toilets...

We believe education providers need to accommodate pupils with special needs more than ever… ...

Published Date 22/04/15

Closomat – adapting to your changing needs...

People change over time; so do their needs. Someone may only need the features of the toilet short-term. ...

Published Date 05/12/14

Toilet raiser – new heights in independence...

Apart from being able to feed one’s self, being able to go to the toilet unaided is probably the most important factor...

Published Date 05/12/14

Bariatric use...

The seat needs to be the correct size and shape, especially in bariatric situations: ...

Published Date 05/12/14


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