Friday 19th July is Changing Places Awareness Day and the great news is that Ashford town centre has a brand new Changing Place facility.
Situated at the newly opened One You shop in Park Mall, the room is available for all to use whenever the shop is open (see below for details).
What are Changing Places toilets?
Changing Places toilets are different from standard disabled toilets as they provide:
1. The right equipment; an adult-sized, height adjustable bench and a hoist.
2. Enough space; a centrally placed toilet with room either side, a screen or curtain to allow privacy and enough space.
3. A safe and clean environment; wide roll of tear off paper to cover the bench, a large waste bin and a nonslip floor.
Who needs Changing Places toilets?
Changing Places toilets are needed by anyone who wears a continence pad or who needs support to get on or off the toilet. Nearly a quarter of a million people in the UK require a Changing Places toilet. This includes people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, acquired brain injuries or who have had a severe stroke, as well as some elderly people.
Without Changing Places, loved ones are often cared for on dirty toilet floors, in the backs of cars or using inappropriate and unsafe baby changing areas. All of these options are unhygienic, undignified and unacceptable. But the alternative is to stay at home.
When Changing Places toilets are available, this doesn’t have to be the case. They allow people to use the toilet comfortably and with dignity.
The Changing Place toilet is based at One You Ashford, in Park Mall - Unit 25 Park Mall Shopping Centre, Park Mall, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8RY
Tuesday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm
Saturday, 9.30am to 1pm