Without Changing Places toilets, carers are forced to change their loved ones on toilet floors, and in the back of cars in some cases they just confine themselves to their own homes.
People have been campaigning for Changing Places since 2006. Officially over a 1/4 million people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, as well as older people, need Changing Places toilets to enable them to get out and about and enjoy the day-to-day activities many of us take for granted.
Yet the actual figure for people who would benefit from the use of them is much more than this. Other people who would benefit from a Changing Places toilet include:
- 11million registered disabled people in UK
- 1.5m of those use a wheelchair
- 6.5million people with a bowel problem
- 1.5million people with a learning disability
- 1.2million people living with stroke
- 62,000 amputees
- 30,000 people with cerebral palsy
- 13,000 people with acquired brain injuries
- 8,500 people with multiple sclerosis
- 500 people with motor neurone disease
- 8,000 people with spina bifida
Having a Changing Places facility has financial benefits too:
20% of the average business’ customer base is disabled. Disabled people spend some £249billion a year!
Research shows people choose NOT to use somewhere they believe does not have suitable toilets.