Isle of Man News - POSTED Fri 13-07-2018

New Changing Place created at the Manx Museum

by TH

New Changing Place created at the Manx Museum

People with disabilities on the Isle of Man will benefit from a new 'Changing Place' which has been installed at the Manx Museum.

It’s the Island's first publicly accessibly facility and is a collaboration between the Manx Lottery Trust, Manx Museum and National Trust.

The area provides a safe and fully equipped bathroom for people with multiple disabilities and complex needs who have difficulty using standard accessible toilets.

The facility includes a height adjustable changing bench and overhead powered tracked hoist, an adjustable washbasin and centrally placed toilet with room either side for carers.

A ‘Quiet Room’ has also been installed for visitors who may experience heightened sensory anxiety and for use as a space for those who may need or wish to use the room for quiet contemplation. 

The facility cost almost £80,000.

Edmund Southworth is the Director of Manx National Heritage - he said: "The absence of suitable toilet and changing facilities can mean that people with disabilities are often limited to the places they can go or the length of time they can spend there.

"Changing Place toilets can vastly improve quality of life and we are delighted that this facility, which will hugely benefit the Island, is now available at the Manx Museum."

Chairman of the Manx Lottery Trust Sarah Kelly added: "It's estimated over 300 residents and up to 1,000 visitors could directly benefit from the Changing Place every year.

"Our Trustees recognised the value of having better public facilities and we’re delighted these are now available."

 

 

 

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