Cornwall Council has issued new guidance to anyone interested in installing a Changing Places accessible toilet in their retail area or tourist attraction.
Changing Places toilets are a step up from regular disabled toilets, in that they have more space, and additional facilities to meet the needs of more profoundly disabled people. There is room for two carers, an adult-sized changing table, a hoist and a toilet with drop-down handles. They have been designed with high visual contrast for details such as door frames and handles, for people with a sight impairment. The aim is to meet the needs of even the most profoundly disabled people, so that they can go out with their families, in the same way that the rest of us take for granted.
The new guidance aims to increase awareness of the Changing Places toilets, and increase the number that are installed around Cornwall. At present there are 12 in Cornwall, according to the map on changingplaces.uktoiletmap.org.
For more information about the new Guidance, see the Cornwall Council press release.