Enware is involved in the “Changing Places” initiative which aims to expand the area and the facilities available within an accessible toilet to accommodate the changing needs of people, particularly adults, with severe disabilities.
At present existing accessible bathrooms do not fully cater for children and adults with profound disabilities. Often the process of caring for a person with a significant disability within a public bathroom has proved to be very humiliating and degrading with carers often left with no option but to change people on the floor of public bathrooms. Not only is this unhygienic and undignified but from a practical perspective it may also put the carer in a position where they could strain or injure themselves.
A Changing Places toilet must provide a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench, a tracking hoist system, space for a person with a disability, two carers as well as a non-slip floor in a safe and clean environment. Enware’s Nursing Bench is an ideal addition for a “Changing Places” accessible bathroom.
Currently there are 6 Changing Places in Victoria - some in high profile locations such as Rod Laver Arena, MCG and Melbourne Zoo. Enware has been in discussion with the designers of a regional facility in the Shire of Toodyay in WA and hope to be involved with some of the other thirteen Changing Places locations announced by the WA State Government in December 2015. Seven local governments in WA have received grants of up to $100,000 to construct a Changing Place in the next year or two.
The Western Australian preferred locations were identified via an online survey run by the National Disability Services which was answered by over 600 people with either a disability, or a carer or a family member of a person with a disability. The Elizabeth Quay development has one Changing Place and Perth Stadium have committed to include three Changing Places in their new development the first stadium in Australia to have more than one .
For more information on our Changing Places Initiative why not speak to one of our care specialists
please call 1300 ENWARE (1300 369 273) or email firstname.lastname@example.org