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Three new disabled facilities for Teignbridge sites

Published: 30 May 2024

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New Teignbridge facilities for people with a range of physical disabilities and profound learning disabilities are all due to be completed by the end of June, in three locations across the district. 

Changing places provide sanitary toilet stations for people with multiple and complex disabilities who have one or two assistants with them. Whilst standard accessible toilets meet the needs of some disabled people, over 250,000 people across the country need personal assistance to use the toilet or change continence pads, including people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, spinal injuries and people living with stroke. 


Cllr David Palethorpe, our Lead Member for Property and Assets, said:

"These facilities are different from a standard disabled toilet as they are much larger and incorporate a greater level of equipment to support disabled children and adults with severe mobility conditions.  

“Standard disabled toilets can mean that some disabled people are limited to what activities are available to them, or even prevented from going out altogether. Without appropriate facilities, carers are forced to change continence pads on public toilet floors or wait until they go home. This is unhygienic, undignified, and unacceptable. They may also find themselves compromising their health and dignity by using unsuitable facilities. Changing Places facilities can vastly improve people’s quality of life, allowing disabled people and their assistants to stay out for longer and participate in more activities across the district.”
Cllr David Palethorpe
Cllr David Palethorpe

The new facilities will be available at Decoy, Dawlish Lawn and Dawlish Warren, and are all due to be completed by the end of June. 

All three sites will be fitted with: 

  • height-adjustable adult-sized changing bench  
  • Ceiling track hoist system  
  • Peninsular toilet with space both sides for assistants  
  • Privacy screens 
  • Wide paper roll for the changing bed  
  • Large waste disposal bin  
  • Height adjustable washbasins 
  • Automatic hand dyers  
  • Paper towel dispenser 
  • Soap dispensers 
  • Emergency pull cords 
  • Contrasting colours  
  • Full length body mirror 
  • Colostomy bag shelf  
  • Anti-slip flooring 
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