13.5% of the Irish Population has a disability (www.cso.ie) and while many accessible toilets meet their needs there is a large proportion of people and their carers who cannot visit public places due to the lack of suitable toilet facilities. The Changing Places campaign in ireland is highlighting the need for more of these types of facilities to allow families, friends and carers take part in activities and visit places such as a zoo, libraries, swimming pools, shopping centres and sporting arenas most of us take for granted. Changing Places facilities include additional equipment which offer extra support to people with a range of disabilities so that they can avail of changing facilities with great dignity and respect.
A Changing Places toilet facility aims to meet the needs of those people in our towns and cities who require extra care and assistance. Providing publicly available Changing Places locations in our museums, universities ( Trinity College Dublin is the only university with a registered Changing Places facility ), transport hubs & airports ( Dublin is the only Irish airport at present with a Changing Place facility ), shopping centres, sports arenas and tourist attractions offers a vital-life line to those with disabilities and their carers and families. These crucial facilities offer the opportunity for the disabled community to travel, shop, visit new areas of interest and attend concerts. Supported by Inclusion Ireland, Irish Disability Foundation and the Irish Humand Rights & Equality Commission the Changing Places initiative seeks to secure fully accessible toilet and changing facilities for people with disabilities and who may need extra support to use these facilities. MMS Medical has been providing support to Advocacy groups representing Longford / Roscommon in their push for a Changing Places facility to be included in the new library building in Edgeworthstown. The Centre Parc resort in Longford will be one of the few attractions outside Dublin to incorporate a Changing Place facility.
MMS Medical has over 30 years experience in the survey and installation of assisted bathrooms & toilets, ceiling hoists and changing benches in a wide range of facilities across the country. We provide specialist advice, on-site appraisal, specifications & product recommendations through to full installation of specialist bathing, toileting and patient transfer equipment for architects, builders, developers, local authorities, case managers, facilities managers and property managers. We have carried out installations in schools, colleges, universities, care homes, commercial buildings, sports complexes and private homes. The Changing Places Campaign is aimed at delivering more of these types of facilities in public places.
MMS Medical offers a full turn-key solution for your Changing Place facility providing you with one supplier to meet all your equipment, installation & registration requirements. MMS Medical is one of Ireland’s leading suppliers of mobility products in Ireland and we are well positioned to balance the technical specifications of these facilities with the actual user needs and requirements. Our experienced team have the knowledge and skills to take the project from start to finish. We have a range of support material available to assist you in preparing for your campaign right through to installation of a Changing Places facility. Our nationwide team are on hand to advise and to meet with advocacy groups to highlight this national campaign and to install more Changing Places facilites around the country.