Latest News Tue, Sep 27, 2016 12:40 PM
Making better use of existing toilet space could help grow the customer base.
Research shows that 20% of the average business’ customers are disabled- people who spend £80billion a year. For many of 5million people with special needs, they can’t spend that money where they want because they can’t go to the toilet whilst at that restaurant, coffee shop, cinema, department store, shopping centre, supermarket. Yet many wheelchair-accessible toilets in those locations already have the space needed (7.5m2), and only require the addition of a couple of fixtures.
“Hundreds of thousands of adults and children with disabilities need a carer to help them with their toilet requirements, and often also need equipment- a changing bench and hoist,” explains campaigner Samantha Buck. “Even in my local town, I have been surprised to realise how many wheelchair-accessible toilets already have that space. We just need them to also have a bench and hoist added: the changing bench is less than 2m long, and a ceiling track hoist takes up no space at all!
“In an ideal world, we’d like a full assisted accessible- Changing Places- toilet in addition to the standard wheelchair accessible facility, but that takes up an extra 12m2 under British Standards. Making better use of existing facilities, and turning them into Space to Change toilets by including an adult-sized changing bench and hoist is an acceptable compromise, which means families like mine can spend time doing what ‘normal’ families do- shopping, having a meal together, going to the cinema.”
Space to Change was developed by campaigners and leading disabled toilet solutions company Clos-o-Mat to bridge the gap between conventional wheelchair-accessible (Document M type) toilets and full-specification Changing Places facilities, to provide an acceptable alternative where space and/or cost is a limiting factor. Firefly Community, an online special needs community, is driving the campaign, supporting campaigners and raising awareness of the need for accessible toilets that include height adjustable changing benches and hoists.
Full details of the Space To Change concept, and its larger Changing Places assisted accessible toilet, can be found at www.clos-o-mat.com and http://community.fireflyfriends.com/campaigns/spac.... Clos-o-Mat’s website also includes full support data, including white papers, CAD blocks, video, technical specifications and typical layouts. Uniquely, Clos-o-Mat offers, in-house, a full support service, encompassing site surveys, design advice, supply, installation, commissioning and subsequent service & maintenance.
In association with Total Hygiene Limited