There are over 200,000 Australians living with a disability and requiring assistance to use a toilet. For many of them, a typical day out would mean having to find a bathroom they can use with dignity – where their carers are not forced to change them on the floor. In the absence of a sufficient number of suitable toilet facilities in public places, many of these people remain confined to their own homes.
The Changing Places Project is a national program that aims to address current inadequacies in public toilets through the creation of fully accessible toilet facilities in major public spaces across Australia. The program works towards the goal to provide ‘safe, hygienic and dignified public toilet facilities for people with severe or profound disabilities’.
When designing a brand new public bathroom, or modifying an existing bathroom to meet accessibility requirements, it’s important to choose the right products that would not only address the needs of users and their carers but also fit in with the design brief provided by the architect.
As one of Australia’s primary suppliers of Changing Places-suitable products, Enware Australia offers a range of products from increased height toilets providing functionality and stability for users, to European design basin and tapware that are durable yet easy to operate. Enware’s product range for this segment also includes adult-sized height adjustable nursing benches, grab rails and shower seating, all designed to provide a comfortable user experience without any compromise on the aesthetics.
Enware is a supporter of the Changing Places Project, helping a broad range of public places including shopping centres, train stations, airports, hospitals and sport and recreational centres, to transition into Changing Places-friendly facilities with their commercial public amenity products.