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Article Date: 13th February 2017

Clos-o-Mat - Community Centre Encompasses Everyone’s Needs (In Matters Toileting at Least!)

Assisted Accessible Toilet - Height-Adjustable Washbasin - Washroom Equipment

Clos-o-Mat - Changing Places assisted accessible toilet

Objectives of developing confidence and self-esteem are being achieved with a holistic approach to people’s needs at a Midlands community centre.

East West Community Centre, in Leicester, is the only Centre of its kind in the city, and county, to now offer a Changing Places assisted accessible toilet. Supplied by Clos-o-Mat, Britain’s leading provider of such facilities, and installed by F Stimpson (Leicester), the room gives 12m² of space, with a ceiling track hoist, peninsular toilet, height-adjustable washbasin and adult-sized changing bench.

The project, which involved refurbishment and remodelling of the building- funded by Leicester City Council - to accommodate the space on the ground floor, and give unimpeded, level access, was shortlisted for a regional design award*.

"It has definitely made a difference, helping to attract many people from the local community to use our facilities. Since installation the spacious and modern toilet and hoist facility has made our centre more inclusive; It means a lot of people who would otherwise be housebound and isolated can come and enjoy time here and socialise with others as we provide various services: Day Care, Luncheon Club, Women's Group, Exercise Sessions, etc." says manager Ushma Mehta.

"We aim to draw service users out of isolation, develop confidence and self-esteem; having appropriate toilets is just one element, but a vital one, of that- without them, people can’t stay as long as they would like, in case they need to ‘go’.

"Other groups in the community are getting to know about it, and are using the centre because of the facility. We just need even more to know about it, so even more people get out of isolation."

Adds Kelvin Grimes, Clos-o-Mat assisted accessible toilet project manager, "We go to the loo about eight times a day, so the chances are, if you’ve gone out, you will need a toilet. Without toilet facilities like this, many people feel that they can’t go out, because they need extra space, or lifting, or have continence issues."

Under latest Building Regulations and good practice guidelines, a Changing Places toilet is ‘desirable’ in buildings to which numbers of the public have access. Since their introduction a decade ago, almost 900 have been opened across the UK. Under British Standards, a Changing Places is in addition to conventional (Building Regulations Document M) wheelchair accessible toilets, and provides 12m², with additional equipment including an adult-sized height adjustable changing bench and ceiling track hoist.

Clos-o-Mat is Britain’s biggest provider of fully accessible toilets, in domestic environments and ’away from home’, including a substantial number of Changing Places facilities.

*RICS regional architectural design award

Potential users of an away from home assisted, accessible toilet include:
- 1.5million wheelchair users
- 6.5 million people who have either bladder or bowel incontinence
- 1.5million people with a learning disability
- 1.2million people living with stroke
- 62,000 amputees
- 30,000 people with cerebral palsy
- 13,000 people with acquired brain injuries
- 8,500 people with multiple sclerosis
- 500 people with motor neurone disease
- 8,000 people with spina bifida
- 120,000 people with a stoma
- 3.8million adults morbidly obese

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