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What are Changing
Standard disabled toilets do not meet the
needs of all people with a disability - or their carers.
Inadequate, inaccessible facilities can create barriers for people
with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well as other
serious impairments such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy,
multiple sclerosis or an acquired brain injury, getting out and
about. People with such disabilities often need extra facilities to
allow them to use the toilets comfortably.
Why are Changing Places toilets
Thousands of people with profound and multiple
learning disabilities cannot use standard accessible toilets. They
need support from one or two carers to use the toilet or to have
their incontinence pad changed.
Standard accessible toilets do not provide
changing benches or hoists. Most are too small to accommodate more
than one person. Without Changing Places toilets, the person with
disabilities is put at risk, and families are forced to risk their
own health and safety by changing their loved ones on a toilet
floor. This is dangerous, unhygienic and undignified.
It is now accepted and expected that everyone
has a right to live in the community, to move around within it and
access all its facilities. Government policy promotes the idea of
'community participation' and 'active citizenship', but for some
people with disabilities the lack of a fully accessible toilet is
denying them this right.
St Helier Changing
The Parish of St Helier worked in close
liaison with 'The Changing Places Consortium' in order to
provide adequate facilities that are able to meet high standards as
set by the Changes Places Consortium.
By providing enough space, privacy and
appropriate equipment, the Parish is supporting carers to look
after people with disabilities in dignified and hygienic conditions
without endangering their own health. Putting careful thought into
the design of toilet facilities can open a world of possibilities
for people with severe disabilities, ensuring everybody can get out
and about to enjoy St Helier.
On 7 December 2012, at the Toilet of the Year awards, St
Changing Places won the following categories;
For further information and an application form,
please see the following links: