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For up to 14million people*, conventional wheelchair-accessible toilets aren’t suitable.

They need more space (for carer(s), family). They may need lifting- so a hoist.
They may need changing- so a bench, off the floor…or all three.

Why does it matter?

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Aberavon Leisure CentreChanging Places toilet facilities were developed to answer that need, and are desirable under Building Regulations Approved Document M 2015 and BS8300:2009 in all buildings to which numbers of the public have access.

They provide (under British Standards) a room 3m x 4m, with a peninsular toilet, ceiling-track hoist and adult-sized changing bench, all provided in addition to a standard wheelchair accessible toilets.

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Cornwall ServicesAware that many potential venues face space and/or budget constraints, campaigners, in association with Closomat, developed an alternative.

Space to Change builds on a conventional wheelchair-accessible toilet, requiring just an additional 5m2, to give extra space to accommodate user and care, a hoist and adult-sized changing bench.


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Ysgol Bro Dinefwr InternalIn buildings not open to the public at large- schools, clubs etc- the same facility is encompassed via a hygiene room.


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* Potential users of a wheelchair-accessible toilet with space, bench and hoist include:

- 8.7 million people with osteoarthritis
- 6.5 million people who have either bladder or bowel incontinence
- 3.8 million adults morbidly obese
- 1.5 million people with a learning disability
- 1.5 million wheelchair users
- 1.2 million people living with stroke
- 0.8 million disabled children
- 400,000 people with rheumatoid arthritis
- 120,000 people with a stoma
- 70,000 people with muscular dystrophies
- 62,000 amputees
- 30,000 people with cerebral palsy
- 13,000 people with acquired brain injuries
-  8,500 people with multiple sclerosis
-  8,000 people with spina bifida
-  5,000 people with motor neurone disease