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The Lookout

The LookoutLook out for Changing Places at Bracknell Forest

SCORES OF PEOPLE have even better opportunity to discover as a result of investment by Bracknell Forest Council.

The Authority's innovative The Look Out Discovery Centre, set in 1000 hectares of Swinley Forest, has enhanced its accessible facilities with the opening of a new Changing Places toilet, supplied and installed by Total Hygiene.

Funded by Bracknell Forest's Aiming High for Disabled Children, the fully accessible toilet compliments The Look Out's current washrooms that have already won a 'Loo of the Year' Award nationally for being the best 'away from home facilities'.

The new toilet enables visitors with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) and other people with severe disabilities who need the support of at least one carer to be able to enjoy The Look Out's activities with the peace of mind there are now appropriate toilet facilities.

A Changing Places toilet requires adequate space in the changing area for the user and up to two carers, a height adjustable adult sized changing bench and tracking/mobile hoist. The Look Out's facility also includes a Closomat Palma wash and dry toilet complete with touch sensitive hand switch, and height adjustable washbasin. Access to the toilet is via RADAR key, and visitors will need to bring their own sling for the hoist.

Explained The Look Out's Jacky Henderson, "We already have at least ¼million visitors a year, and wanted to encourage the whole family to use and take advantage of what The Look Out has to offer."

Total Hygiene is the UK's leading disabled toileting solutions provider, and sponsor of the Changing Places campaign for the accessible toilets. It is also manufacturer of the Closomat wash and dry toilet included in The Look Out's facilities. Looking like and with the capability to be used as a conventional WC, the Closomat features integral douching and drying facilities, enabling a disabled person to be more independent, in that they can toilet with reduced or no help.

Since the Changing Places campaign began, over 350 of the accessible toilets have been installed. In the past 12 months alone, almost 100 have been opened in venues across the country, from museums to shopping centres and car parks.

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