We get it, when you think of a Doc M or disabled toilet you have views of a dirty, badly equip, basic room. Well it doesn’t have to be that way…
The disabled toilets of buildings should be seen the same as any other part of a building, it represents the owners attitude towards inclusivity and ensuring that this environment is clean and safe is a simple yet important task.
Most products installed are very basic with little or no design input. They offer a solution to what is seen as a problem. But understanding the reasons behind Doc M and why its so important (read our Doc M – What you need to know white paper) allows you to see how this space is used, and what it means to a person who uses the space. Imagine having to use the disabled toilet that has given you the negative connotations you think of, and relying on it as your only facility.
For a little more money, the ‘standard’ Doc M toilet can be transformed into a space that feels more thought through, with rails that fit in with the surroundings and have an element of design attached to them. The effect this has on a building is great as it means a positive reputation will be attached to the building or company that puts inclusivity high on their list of priorities.
Doc M isn’t just a requirement – it’s to help improve living standards for those affected by a disability. So next time your designing or installing a Doc M toilet, think about whether it’s a space you would want to use.