Wheelmate App Guide for Accessible Toilets
With 1.2 million wheelchair users in England alone, and the average person needing to use the toilet about 4-6 times a day, finding accessible facilities can be a major inconvenience. But with the help of your smart phone, that's set to change.
Specialist medical device company, Coloplast recently commissioned a survey to highlight the daily challenges faced by thousands of individuals, including difficulties wheelchair users have in locating accessible toilets. The survey indicated that nearly two thirds of indivudals in England, had experienced difficulties in sourcing accessible toilets whilst on a day out, making subsequent outings a major planning issue.
To help elevate the stress of planning, Coloplast has launched a free smartphone app called WheelMate. Wheelmate enables wheelchair users to find and rate accessible toilets when they’re out and about – for instance in pubs, shops and restaurants.
Coloplast aim to "make life easier for people with intimate healthcare issues, in every way we can. In addition to developing useful products, we also work to provide services that address their needs".
If you are ever worried about finding an accessible toilet when you are away from home, you can download the WheelMate app at: http://www.wheelmate.com
For more information about the Wheelmate app you can watch a feature, led by Dr Chris Steele, on This Morning (10 July 2012): http://www.itv.com/thismorning/tags/dr-chris-steele/