Space To Change - The Concept
“You wouldn’t change your baby on a public toilet floor.”
If that baby is now a child or adult with special needs, the floor is often the reality.
The concept of Space To Change toilets arose from users, the tens of thousands of people who need extra space and equipment to help their loved one with their toilet requirements away from home.
Space To Change builds on the basic provision of a wheelchair-accessible toilet, with the space and equipment to enable personal care hygienically, OFF the floor.
Space to Change potential users:
- 11million registered disabled people in UK
- 6.5million people with a bowel problem
- 1.5million adults and children with a learning disability
- 1.3million children in England with special needs
- 1.2million people living with stroke
- 62,000 amputees
- 30,000 adults and children with cerebral palsy
- 13,000 people with acquired brain injuries
- 8,500 people with multiple sclerosis
- 500 people with motor neurone disease
- 8,000 people with spina bifida
Space To Change toilets bridge the gap between typical ‘Document M’ accessible toilets and the ultimate, a Changing Places facility (see our Changing Places section).
A Space To Change toilet is meant as a minor upgrade/ refurbishment, to overcome the issues campaigners consistently face when asking for Changing Places: issues of space and cost. Legally providers have to offer at least a wheelchair-accessible toilet*, all they need to do is add into that an adult-sized changing bench and hoist.
*Building Regulations Approved Document M 2015 section 5
Space: A Space To Change toilet is 7.5m2 (3m x 2.5m)
- as per a conventional wheelchair- accessible toilet ie close-coupled WC, washbasin and taps, grab rails, alarm pull cord, sanitary dispenser, waste bin, mirror, sanitary disposal bin, shelf and wall hook.
- Adult-sized changing bench
- Paper towel dispenser or hand dryer
All options are detailed under our ‘Products’ tab
- water supply
- electricity supply
- suitable supporting structure if using a wall-mounted changing bench and/or ceiling track hoist
In a Space To Change facility, a basic adult-sized changing bench can be upgraded to be wall-mounted, and fully height adjustable to reduce effort and strain for the carer.
The hoist similarly can be anything from a floor-mounted mobile transfer system to an X/Y ceiling track, that enables finite positioning around the room, over the toilet, bench etc.
To be as inclusive as possible, the WC can be replaced with a wash & dry toilet, either static or height-adjustable (see our Palma Vita and Lima Lift under ‘Products’)
- design advice, including site visits and liaising with the architects, contractors, site owners and whoever else may be involved with the provision of the facility..
- dedicated, in-house project management
- supply and installation of equipment, to all current building regulations and within a combined ISO 18001, 14001 and 9001 (Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality) system.
- in-house service and maintenance of equipment
- training of your staff to help them help users, and deal with general product maintenance.
- final signing off of the facility, including promotion onto the Space to Change web site, other tourism web sites where appropriate and posters for use within the local community.
- CAD blocks (see our downloads section)
- white papers (see our downloads section)
- campaigner guide (see our downloads section)
NB: 20% of the average business’ customers are disabled. Disabled people spend some £80billion a year. Under the Equality Act 2010, service providers have to make ‘reasonable adjustments’, including to the built environment, to address limitations that would put a disabled person at a ‘substantial disadvantage’; they should anticipate what those adjustments are, and make them in advance of there being a proven need.