Date: 05/10/2011 Category: Social Care
Rochester now has a new accessible toilet for people with profound and multiple disabilities and others with personal care needs.
The first of its kind in Medway, the new facility is part of the Rochester Community Hub building in Eastgate (off the High Street in Rochester).
In line with recommendations from the Changing Places campaign, led by disability charity Mencap, the amenity includes a height-adjustable changing bench, a hoist system and space for a disabled person and up to two carers.
Changing Places toilets are different to standard disabled toilets with extra features and more space to meet the needs of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, others with personal care needs and their carers.
In addition to this the toilets also cater for people with serious impairments such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis or an acquired brain injury.
Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Adult Services Cllr David Brake said: “This facility will help many visitors to enjoy the everyday activities many of us take for granted, and plans are in place for a further five to be installed in community centres around Medway.”
The Changing Places facility is open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 8.30pm, Saturdays 9am to 4.30pm.
For further information on Changing Places visit www.changing-places.org