Adaptations and energy conservation – a strategy for independence

29 June 2022, 16:31

When thinking about how we can save energy during the day, we might think of how far we walk, or how many times we go up and down the stairs. The bathroom may not be the first place that comes to mind; however, the average person spends
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Neurology and Bathroom Design

24 May 2022, 15:36

There are over 12 million people living with a neurological condition in England alone (ELTP 2019). NHS England (2022) defines these as any condition that affects the brain, spinal cord or nervous system. There are over 600 types, broadly categorised into: • Sudden onset conditions (e.g. acquired br...
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191 Local Authorities Win Share of £23.5m Fund to Install Over 500 Changing Places Toilets

24 March 2022, 15:24

The news that 191 local authorities in England have been granted funding from central government to install Changing Places facilities, is being widely celebrated by the disabled and caring communities. The £23.5m worth of grants will see the addition of approximately 513 Changing Places toilets (wi...
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Changing Places by Closomat arrives on RIBA’s NBS service

04 February 2022, 09:56

For some time now it has been a requirement of architects to use BIM files in the creation of Government-funded building projects, which has been well-received and proved a success. Now that Changing Places has become a new feature of the UK’s Building Regulations, it is inevitable that some of thes...
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Paediatric Bathroom Design in a Family Space

17 January 2022, 12:40

An overview of the topic of Paediatrics:  Common Health Conditions and the Impact on Bathroom Activity, based on our recent webinar on the topic. Download Additional Clinical Document on Supporting Young People with Bathroom Tasks Consideration of the home environment is essential when supporting ch...
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Facilitating Safe and Independent Toilet Transfers

22 October 2021, 11:59

An overview of the topic of Facilitating Safe and Independent Toilet Transfers, based on our recent webinar on the topic. Download the Full Overview Firstly, let us consider the definition of safe. This is defined by Merriam Webster (2021) as “free from harm or risk” or “protected from, or not expos...
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Rebecca’s Congenital Condition and her Growing Independence meant her Toileting Needs Required a Rethink

29 July 2021, 09:36

Assessment: The occupational therapist, together with the person they are working with, focus on individual and environmental abilities and problems related to activities in the person’s daily life. Assessment includes the use of standardised procedures, interviews, observations in a variety of sett...
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Steve’s Story of Improved Wellbeing due to Bariatric Palma Vita

28 July 2021, 14:19

Steve is a taxi driver and has been for 20 years. He is self-employed and works flexible hours around his physical functioning, only working when he feels able to. Working as a taxi driver is extremely important to Steve, he is well-liked by his regular clients, is known in his local community and h...
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Jane’s Story of Managing her Neurological Degenerative Disorder

28 July 2021, 09:10

Jane is a 67-year-old retired woman who lives with her husband in a two-storey house. Jane worked for many years within the community as an advocate for adults with physical disabilities. Jane has the most wonderfully positive outlook to life and until recently had followed an active and fulfilling...
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Changing Places – a personal perspective

20 April 2021, 13:21

My name is Sarah Brisdion. Mum of premature twins. As a result, my son, Hadley, was diagnosed with quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy affecting his entire body, including his continence. As an infant, his needs were easily managed, much like his twin sister’s. But as Hadley got bigger and his disability be...
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Changing Places; an answer to Occupational Deprivation

17 February 2021, 14:18

Occupational Deprivation The start of a new year gives us opportunity to reflect and also look forward. During 2020 we all saw our lives turned upside down by COVID-19 restrictions and the lack of access to daily activities especially those outside our own homes. Unfortunately for many this is nothi...
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Access to toileting and sanitation as a basic human right.

10 December 2020, 14:21

Human rights Human rights are rights we have simply because we exist as human beings. According to the Citizens Advice, UK (2020) ‘Human rights are based on important principles like dignity, fairness, respect and equality. They protect you in your everyday life regardless of who you are, where you...
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