We’ve recently been made aware about new changing places around Perth and WA for people with disability who need space and assistance to use the bathroom when out and about in the community. The changing places are locked using a master locksmith access key (MLAK) – the key keeps the areas secure and safe and reserved for the people who really need them.
Companion cardholders who need to use a hoist, an adult change table or need room for two people to assist are encouraged to obtain a key. Please contact National Disability Services on 9242 5544 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. This offer is open until 31 July 2018. After this date, MLAK keys can be purchased from Master Locksmiths.
The changing places will not replace standard universal accessible toilets. All changing places have the same specifications so that people who use them can be assured that all changing places provide the same facilities. All changing places include an adult size, height adjustable change table, a hoist and enough room for two people to assist.
Some changing places will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week while others will be available during the opening hours where they are located. If you already have a key for the Liberty Swings – the same key can access the changing places.
Changing Places are now open at Bibra Lake, BP The Lakes, Deep Water Point, Elizabeth Quay, Lakeside Joondalup, Mandurah Foreshore, Vicinity Mandurah, Optus Stadium, Sorrento Beach, Yagan Square, Collie, Geraldton, Guilderton, Meckering and Toodyay.
Changing Places are currently planned in Nedlands, East Perth, Scarborough, Albany, Broome, Bunbury, Katanning, Moora, Narrogin and Port Hedland. More Changing Places are expected to be built in Western Australia. Changing Place locations will be listed on https://changingplaces.org.au/find-changing-places-toilet/ and https://toiletmap.gov.au/
We are so delighted to hear about this initiative, which will allow people to keep as active as possible in the community. Don’t forget to apply for your key before 31st July 2018 !
If you would like further information on how to maximise your functional potential in the community please contact us on 0405 732 247.