Tom Gordon has a background as a master locksmith and now produces RADAR keys for accessible loos. He has developed a helpful app for disabled people or carers to find their nearest Changing Places. Here, he speaks to Care & Nursing Essentials editor Victoria Galligan about the product development and what else needs to be done to make the UK truly accessible.
Naidex 2018 – Europe’s largest and most established event for the disability sector – took place alongside the Dementia Care & Nursing Home Expo at Birmingham’s NEC last week.
Our editor Victoria Galligan went along to meet exhibitors, are here are some of her highlights:
• Watching the SANO stairclimber take a wheelchair backwards up four stairs was truly remarkable – for people who have steps out onto the street or are unable to fit a ramp, this piece of tech is ideal. The SANO reps told me some supermarkets have invested in stairclimbers as part of their emergency evacuation plans. See more here.
Care & Nursing Essentials magazine are proud to be backing the Changing Places campaign. Tired of not being able to access toilets in public, healthcare workers are joining parents and disability rights campaigners to call on shops, restaurants and public buildings to accommodate adults who need to change in a dignified way.
The Twitter campaign #changingplaces has been highlighting inadequate toilet facilities and praising firms who have invested in hoists, adult-sized changing tables, grip handles and pull-cord alarms to ensure people of all abilities can change without being embarrassed – and so that carers can lift and handle without putting themselves at risk.