It is estimated that at least 1 in 260 people in the UK require a changing places toilet, but that figure only includes people who require every aspect that facility provides.
There are many more who require only one or two features in order to be able to have their continence needs met.
People with profound and multiple learning disabilities
People with conditions such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease and spina bifida.
Anyone with an acquired brain injury
Anyone with dementia
People with any kind of paralysis
Someone with any kind of muscle wasting disease
Parents and carers
Someone using a large power chair
People with colostomy bags or other
People living with the effects of a stroke
Someone with autism
Needing to be hoisted from their wheelchair for their own safety or comfort
Need to be hoisted from their wheelchair because their carer cannot physically lift them
Requiring a privacy screen to allow a carer to use the toilet if the person they are looking after is too young or too vulnerable to be left outside the toilet cubicle alone
Needing space for more than one carer or for a large wheelchair or powerchair
Requiring additional space for siblings of a disabled child using the toilet as they cannot be left outside – some families may have 3 or more children to squeeze into the toilet along with the wheelchair and wheelchair user!
Sensory reasons such as the noise of a hand dryer being set off by another user in a communal bathroom
Requiring a clean space to change a colostomy bag or similar
When you consider all these people, and the vast array of reasons they need changing places toilets, it is likely the number of people needing changing places is far higher than estimates suggest.
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