Changing Places for invisible disability
Have you ever needed to ‘go’ when away from home, and not been able to easily find a toilet?
Add to that feeling the fact that you need more space, or special equipment, or that you’ve had an accident because of continence problems.
Building designers and operators are being urged to “hold that thought” when creating interior spaces.
Up to 6 million people in the UK are affected by continence issues, according to latest figures from the NHS.
For many, conventional ‘away from home’ toilets are still not suitable: they need more space, and/or equipment- a Changing Places toilet.
“Inability to access a suitable toilet has a huge impact on a person’s physical and mental health,” explains Alison Bann, a nurse specialising in continence who is now sales manager for Closomat, the UK’s leading provider of Changing Places toilets, speaking at the annual Loo of the Year Awards..
“At very least, someone who has a continence issue will need to clean themselves. In severe cases, where they need pads or nappies, that will need to be changed. How do you do any of those in a conventional toilet? You need at least more space. You potentially need a suitable surface on which to lie (or be laid) whilst changing a pad or nappy. If you cant find that, you face the embarrassment of being dirty until you can find somewhere suitable. That impacts on you, the people with you and around you, physically and mentally. Yet it can be avoided so easily, just by changing how we specify and design toilets away from home.”