20 Key Pieces of Equipment to Include in your Changing Places Project
Changing Places are specialist facilities designed for those who are unable to use a standard public WC or accessible toilet due to disability. Changing places help change the lives of the disabled community by providing equal accessibility within society. Unfortunately, without these vital facilities, carers are forced to change loved ones on the floor which can be extremely upsetting and undignified; or furthermore they may simply feel they cannot enjoy public attractions and choose to stay at home all together.
4 Key Products To Consider For Changing Places
There are 4 key pieces of equipment for your Changing Places that you need to consider initially. These are the bulkiest and often require special consideration and additional structural support ahead of installation. They will also account for a substantial part of the project budget.
|XY (H) Frame System Ceiling Hoist. Provide and install a 3m x 4m XY (H) Frame System with manual traverse rail and powered lifting and lowering pod. Fixing method to be determined by product specialist.
|Height Adjustable changing table. Provide and install 1800mm x 700mm height adjustable changing table with safety rail.
|Height Adjustable Wash Basin. Provide and install a height adjustable Wash Basin with an adjustment within the range of 580mm and 1030mm. Allow for a large basin with plenty of space beneath the wheelchair access (700mm).
|Peninsular Toilet. Provide and install one peninsular toilet between 750-1000mm from the wall either side. Toilet ideally should have a 750mm projection with a seat height of 480mm and toilet paper within reach.
20 Key Pieces of Equipment for Changing PlacesThe full extensive list of Changing Places equipment required to meet specification of a Changing Places can be found below:
- XY (H) Frame System Ceiling Hoist. Provide and install a 3m x 4m XY (H) Frame System with manual traverse rail and powered lifting and lowering pod. Fixing method to be determined by product specialist.
- Height Adjustable changing table. Provide and install 1800mm x 700mm height adjustable changing table with safety rail.
- Height Adjustable Wash Basin. Provide and install a height adjustable Wash Basin with an adjustment within the range of 580mm and 1030mm. Allow for a large basin with plenty of space beneath the wheelchair access (700mm).
- Peninsular Toilet. Provide and install one peninsular toilet between 750-1000mm from the wall either side. Toilet ideally should have a 750mm projection with a seat height of 480mm and toilet paper within reach.
- Privacy Screen. Privacy screens or curtains are essential. These can either be wall mounted or mobile. They must be retractable and be positioned between the toilet and the rest of the room.
- Colostomy Bag Shelf. A shelf suitable to hold colostomy bags must be fitted 950mm above the floor. This should be positioned as not to obstruct access to the wall mounted handrails or other equipment, but within reach of a person using the WC.
- Drop Down Support Arms. In order to meet Changing Place specification, drop down toilet support arms must be installed 320mm either side from the centre of the WC. This will support transfers and act as support whilst seated. The support arms should be of visually contrasting colours to the wall and be placed at a height of 680mm.
- Grab Rails. Five grab rails are required in total to comply with Changing Place specification. They need to be placed on each side of the toilet, each side of the basin and on the inside of the door. Grab rails should be 600mm long and be of a contrasting colour to the environment.
- Coat Hooks. Changing Places specification requires a minimum of 6 coat hooks to be fitted to the wall of a Changing Places toilet and should be within reach of wheelchair users and assistants. These should be positioned approximately 1,050mm and 1,400mm above the floor.
- Full Length Mirror. A full length mirror should be fitted to the wall to enable wheelchair users and assistants to view their whole body. In addition, a large mirror can be provided as part of a height adjustable basin. Required dimensions: 1300x500.
- Hand Dryer. An electric hand dryer should be mounted on the door side of the washbasin with the lower edge positioned 800mm to 1000mm from the floor. The type of hand dryer installed is important- ‘Jet Blade style’ hand dryers are not suitable and should not be fitted within a Changing Place. In addition, some ‘performance quick’ drying models are extremely noisy and are not suitable for those with sensory impairments.
- Paper Towel Dispenser. To provide an alternative to the electric hand dryer, a paper towel dispenser should be provided. This should be fitted close to the wash basin and be fitted at a height of 800mm to 1000mm.
- General Waste Bin. It is essential to provide a bin for general waste and hand towels. This should be provided in addition to any sanitary or medical waste bins. A wall mounted bin is preferred, however a freestanding model will be sufficient. Kingkraft provide bins that are both wall mounted and freestanding.
- Large Sanitary Disposal Bin. A large sanitary bin should be provided. It should be positioned close to the WC, and be large enough to accommodate adult size continence pads.
- Emergency Alarm Pull Cord. An emergency alert alarm system is required and should have 2 red pull cords and a reset button. The first pull cord should be positioned by the toilet. This should never be tied up and should always be available and in easy reach in the event of a fall.
- Emergency Alarm Reset Button. The reset button linked to the emergency alerting system should be installed next to the door with an indication light above the door.
- Shower. A shower is an optional addition for any venue wanting to provide washing facilities. Showers are often expected by families and can be very useful. If a shower is to be included then this should be positioned by the changing table. Alternatively, a separate fold down seat area could be installed.
- Wide Paper Dispenser. A wide paper roll dispenser (couch roll) is required to be placed adjacent to the Changing Table. This enables the carer to easily place paper over the changing table surface to promote good hygiene and aid the changing and cleansing process.
- Hand Soap Dispenser. A hand soap dispenser should be located next to the height adjustable basin. This should be fitted to the wall with the base positioned 800mm to 1000mm above floor level.
- Shower Floor Drain. If you have chosen to go with the optional shower you will also require a suitable floor and draining system. You will require a waterproof floor, which needs to be non slip and have a gradient no greater 1:50 to floor to drain.
If you require to find out any more information about Changing Places equipment get in touch with a member of the team on firstname.lastname@example.org