I have yet to find a disabled toilet that is suitable for changing my sons pads. He is 15 and still in nappies and I don't see that changing. I have never come across a public toilet that accomodates a fixed bench on which to change adults. Have you ever tried to deal with a dirty nappy with a DS standing up??? - well don't try it - it's a nightmare! Having the rails etc is fine if they have all been fitted correctly, having a toilet big enough to get a wheelchair in and turn around is another bugbear. I end up having to take a towel with me and change him on the floor - not very dignified and hygienic atall. (that's if there is room with the wheelchair too)
I wonder if I ever asked a consultant/paed/GP to change his/her son/daughter/grandchild on the floor of the public or hospital toilet what their reaction might be - one of total horror and disbelief I would imagine - but it's ok for us to do???
Anyone ever had a good experience and can name a wonderful diabled friendly toilet in the country???
No, haven't come across anything but horror stories round here, but I can tell you of one of my fellow advisers who was assured by a group of architects that they had designed these marvellously accessible loos. So she made them try to access them whilst sitting in a wheelchair. Total embarrassing failure by them. Point made .
i have often thought that. they all seem to have outwards opening doors too. i don't know how hard that is to manoeuvre in a wheelchair though tbh. I suppose that if they catered for every possible disability then the room would be ENORMOUS and space is a premium in some places.
Have to say that i once saw a disabled loo UP STAIRS
new local swimming pool shower room (Liverpook) looked reasonably good - it had an adult sized thingy someone could lie on for I think showering principally, but also looked OK for changing. Didn't notice if it had a hoist.
Oooh, I remember once seeing a website that listed proper disabled loos that included changing for adults and stuff like that and I can't remember where it was. I'll see if I can dig it out. Must admit, I don't think that disabled loos look very easy to use!
I am quite disapointed at the disabled facilities at a leisure center that had a multi-million pound rebuild recently, who boast that the building is fully accesssable.
They could have made really good facilities at that cost, instead the disabled changing room has nothing to change a older child or adult with profound disabilities and they put the room right next to a bloody great supporting post and the other changing cubicles and getting into the room is very difficult.
its awful isnt it? I would rather change her accross the back seat of the car but it isnt very private or dignified. Though whats dignified about lying a child on the FLOOR ffs of a disabled toilet is beyond me