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.
Mobile Changing Place
A mobile Changing Place is also available for events across the county thanks to Special Olympics North Yorkshire.
While there are a growing number of Changing Places in North Yorkshire, there are not enough and they are mostly located in the main towns. Often village halls and community centres would like to host a small event, or villages will hold fetes and agricultural shows, but due to a lack of changing facilities not everyone can join in. Now Special Olympics North Yorkshire can help.
The facility includes a:
- Pop-up gazebo
- Changing table
- Gantry hoist
- Wash station
- Sink unit and waste disposal
- Hard floor for wheelchair access
It can be set up indoors if there is sufficient room.
There is a small daily charge to cover transport, set up and cleaning.
Changing Places sign
A changing place can be found where you see this sign: