Changing Concepts of Changing Places

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In 2006, the Changing Places – changing lives campaign was launched by the Changing Places Consortium to raise public awareness for the need for specialist toilet and changing facilities.

The aim: to provide safe, clean, comfortable changing facilities for personal hygiene and care, for people with profound and multiple learning and physical disabilities, their carers, assistants and families.

Building on detailed design guidance in the British Standards BS 8300 Code of Practice for the design of buildings to meet the needs of disabled people, supplemented with good practice and advice from the Changing Places Consortium, Taylor Dolman would like to introduce Changing Concepts in association with Guldmann and ROPOX.


Changing Places with lift 300The lack of suitable changing facilities results in limiting the range of activities for some less able or elderly people. A well designed and built changing place or hygiene room can vastly improve the quality of life for many people. Together we are working toward Changing Public Concepts about hygiene provision in any and every kind of facility.

Taylor Dolman in association with Changing Concepts, Guldmann & ROPOX aims to help provide access for all with quality products, installed by skilled and experienced staff to offer dignified solutions with good design in mind. Importantly the goal is to offer changing facilities to fit almost any location including those that cannot offer a full sized Changing Place facility.

With this in mind we have produced example room plans for three main spaces: regular 3x4m Changing Places, rooms with space to change and smaller shower/toilet hygiene spaces. Click here for EXAMPLE ROOM PLANS

Changing Concepts - A Changing Place

A Changing Place should have enough space to have a person with disabilities and one or two carers to assist in toileting and changing/showering. It has a peninsular toilet, adjustable height accessible washbasin and wall mounted Shower and Changing Bed.

Space Enough to Change

Room Covering Hoist

Adjustable Basin

Changing Bench

Changing Concepts - Space To Change

It’s not always possible to find sufficient space to have the recommended 4 x 3m room layout. This leaves building managers with the problem of either providing no suitable facility for people who need to change lying down or to design a compromise which can still achieve the objectives set out in Changing Places. The room layout for Space to Change shows one possible solution.

Penninsular WC

Swing Basin

Fold Away Bench

Full Hoist Coverage

Changing Concepts - Small Space Hygiene Room

Where space is at a premium and a larger room for a Changing Place just cannot be accommodated flexible solutions can still be created using well designed equipment and thoughtful design.

Flexible Equipment

Accessible Spaces

Range of Options