Universal Changing Tables
Variety KC isn’t afraid of a little bathroom talk. In fact, the more we recognize the barriers that a traditional bathroom set up can present, the better chance we have to overcome those barriers.
Fact – families who have a member needing help with toileting are hesitant to go out in the community (away from a preferred restroom) for more than 90 minutes. That means exclusion from sporting events, family gatherings outdoors, plays and theatre, and travel.
The solution is a universal changing table. It’s an adult sized table designed to hold over 300 pounds. It allows caregivers to safely assist with bathroom needs for those who are unable to care for themselves. These tables are vastly preferred to the traditional method of placing a person on a floor for changing. There’s no dignity in being out in the open on a dirty floor. There’s also an increased risk for caregivers who have to lift and navigate grown children or adults from the floor back into a wheelchair.
Lack of safe, sanitary toileting is a reality for roughly four percent of the population. It touches every demographic and crosses economic lines. One population particularly impacted is that of military veterans. In addition, when a person with a disability runs into this barrier, it also excludes caregivers and entire families who avoid places where there is no access. Something as simple as installing a universal table means inclusive access for so many children and adults. It’s comfort, safety, dignity, convenience – and it’s one more step in making a community inclusive for all members.
There are several Universal Changing Tables around KC
Children’s Mercy Kansas City Adele Hall Campus – 2401 Gilliam Road, KCMO
(ground floor across from the gift shop)
The lobby is currently under construction but the restroom is already built and available by the temporary entrance to the Emergency Department
Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas – 5808 W. 110th Street, OPKS
(next to the Chapel)
Children’s Mercy Kansas City Broadway – 3101 Broadway Boulevard, KCMO
(on the ground floor near the Roaster, on the north side of the large waiting room near the main entry)
Olathe Family YMCA
This is just a start
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