If you’ve been following this website for a while, you’ll know I’m rather obsessed by good accessible bathroom facilities. I think it’s a basic human right for people to have the ability to go out and have access to the facilities they need to enjoy their day. I’ve heard way too many stories of families cutting an outing short, simply because there was no suitable bathroom.
It’s therefore always pleasing to share the news of another Changing Places facility opening, this time in Adelaide. Uniting Communities’ U City building has become home to the first 24/7 Changing Places facility in Adelaide’s CBD.
If you’re not familiar with Changing Places facilities, they are best-practice bathrooms for people living with disability. They include a hoist and other customised features to give people the facilities they need in a bathroom when they are out.
Tim Potter (pictured) who lives with multiple sclerosis and is a wheelchair user says,‘This will give me and others more confidence to get out in the city,’ ‘I’ve had experiences before where this kind of facility would have been very useful, rather than just having to make do with whatever was available. And the fact that it’s a large, bright space makes it feel very welcoming.’
U City’s Changing Places offers many features I’ve seen in other facilities but some which are unique, like free use of towels. The facility includes a Peninsula chair with space for assistance, a ceiling hoist, motorised height-adjustable adult-sized change table, shower, toilet privacy screen and shower curtain.
I’ve only recently learnt about U City and I’m thrilled to see such accessible features being offered in the heart of the city. Thirty-nine short and long-stay apartments have been purpose-built, and are equipped with different accessible features so guests and tenants can choose the most appropriate apartment for their needs.
The building also offers an accessible Function Centre equipped with hearing loop, step-free threshold entry and a lift with illuminated braille buttons and audible announcements.
You can read more about U City on their website.
If visiting Adelaide make sure you put Adelaide Zoo on your must-see list. The zoo offers a wonderful accessible day out.