Changing Places

Changing Places are toilets designed to provide extra facilities for people with severe or multiple disabilities.

They are different to standard disabled toilets because they have a:

  • centrally placed toilet with room either side for carers
  • washing and changing area with enough space for the disabled person and up to two carers
  • screen or curtain to give the disabled person or carer some privacy
  • tracking hoist system, or mobile hoist if this is not possible
  • height adjustable adult-sized changing bench
  • wide tear-off paper roll to cover the bench
  • large waste bin for disposable pads
  • non-slip floor

The Changing Places Consortium has launched its campaign on behalf of those people who cannot use standard accessible toilets. This includes people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their carers, as well as many other disabled people.

People, including young people and their families, need publicly accessible Changing Places toilets to be able to get out and about and do things that many of us take for granted.

A changing place can be found where you see this sign:

Changing Places sign

The Changing Places website has further details and you can also find facilities near you on the Changing Places Toilet Map.