Currently, standard accessible toilets do not meet the needs of all disabled people, or the needs of their carers and families. Most of these spaces to do not have the proper equipment and space necessary to cater to the needs of disabled users. The lack of appropriate toilet facilities is a significant social barrier for families and individuals, as it limits the places they can go and the time they spend out. In some instances, carers and family members have had to change their patient or loved one on the floor of a public restroom due to the lack of available facilities. More awareness is needed from commercial and business sectors about the requirements of people with disabilities.
Change tables are an integral part of Changing Places should one decide to build one. They allow carers to change a variety of things for their patients and to do so in a manner that is safe and comfortable.
The Shire of Collie, a local Western Australian area, officially opened its first Changing Place facility last Thursday.