One of the key features which distinguishes a Changing Places bathroom from a standard disability toilet is the addition of a height-adjustable, adult-size changing table. People who are unable to sit on the toilet can lie down while being changed or showered.

At its lowest height adjustment, the changing table must at least match the level of a chair seat for easy transfer from a wheelchair or standing position (i.e. it might go lower than this). At its highest point the changing table must come to a comfortable working height for caregivers to work at, about the height of a person’s elbows.

Note: “Transfer” is the general term for lifting a person or helping them to move between lying down, seated, and standing positions. Both the person being transferred and the caregiver can be injured by muscle strain or falling. The risk of injury is lowest when the caregiver is properly trained, the changing table is adjusted to the correct height, and the wheelchair is parked right up against the changing table.
The changing table in every Changing Places bathroom has these features:

A wall-mounted changing table with adjustable height.
  • The table is adult-sized, at least 1800 mm long and 800 mm wide.
  • The height adjusts between about 300 mm and 1000 mm above floor level.
  • The height adjustment mechanism is electrically powered, with simple controls and clear instructions.
  • All electrical components and controls are watertight and safe for use in the shower.
  • The changing table has a rated safe working load (SWL) of at least 200 kg, with the safe working load clearly displayed.
  • The surface of the changing table is comfortable, easy to clean, and suitable for both changing and showering.
  • A shelf suitable for supplies is within arm’s reach of the changing table.
  • There must be a heat source nearby the changing table.