Changing Places at Westmead Children’s Hospital

News /
25 May 2017
The Children's Hospital at Westmead has launched a Changing Places facility to accomodate adult-sized disabled children.

Early last month the Children's Hospital at Westmead launched a Changing Places facility – a first for an Australian hospital. It meets the needs of families whose severely disabled children are adult sized. The facility includes a toilet, hoist and adult size change table, with enough room for two carers.

This was a long term project that took over two years to complete, but in the end it was realized with product being sponsored and donated. Enware and Pressalit jointly donated the height-adjustable change table, which is key to a fully useable facility for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Often these people cannot use standard accessible toilets, as they need support from one or two carers. Without a height-adjustable change table, carers and families are forced to risk their own health and safety by changing their daughter or son on a toilet floor.

Annette Pham, pictured with Liam, her severely disabled son, has campaigned for the facility and partnered with the hospital to make this a reality. It is wonderful to see people are already benefitting.

Click here for more information about Enware's height-adjustable change table.

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