Dec 11, 2015
The Colostomy Association is campaigning to improve toilet facilities for people living with a stoma across the UK. Almost one in 500 people in the UK have a stoma and, whether they be adults or children, they have additional needs when using the toilet; even a simple day trip can be a potential source of anxiety. Because the condition is ‘hidden’, they often face discrimination too, being challenged or criticised for using accessible toilets. In our recent survey more than 30 per cent of respondents stated that they had experienced problems of this nature in shops, sporting venues and visitor attractions etc.
Most loos do not meet the requirements of people with an ostomy and increase the risk of accidents and embarrassment for ostomates. The following changes are simple to implement and can make a huge difference to the experience of people living with a stoma. We can also provide free ‘Stoma-Friendly’ signage stickers for accessible toilets.
Our guidelines are:
If you already provide these facilities, then we can provide you with stickers for your accessible toilets which will indicate this to users. For information on the Colostomy Association's guidelines on stoma-friendly toilets and to arrange to receive some stickers please contact us.
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