Barrow businesses are failing town’s disabled - carer
Last updated at 16:47, Monday, 14 October 2013
A LACK of disabled facilities in Barrow must be addressed, say campaigners, because it is unacceptable for carers to have to change clients on toilet floors.
One woman, who has spina bifida, says it is difficult to go out and eat in some places because she can’t access lavatories in her wheelchair and so is limited to where she can go and meet friends.
Maureen Mason and Barbara Lowe, 63, from Dalton, who volunteer for Furness Carers, based in Nelson Street, Barrow, are appealing for action.
Mrs Mason, 60, of Bigger Garth, Walney, who was a full-time carer herself, said: “This came to light because a group of carers and people with disabilities planned to go for a meal in a Barrow pub.
“Then a few had to cancel because there was no disabled toilet, so anyone that was wheelchair-bound couldn’t go there for their meal.
“One woman could get out of her chair but there were no hand rails.
“This is just one case that highlights a massive problem.
“So many places such as restaurants, pubs, cafes and shops just don’t have the facilities or wide enough doors to cater for anyone with a disability – and especially not someone in a wheelchair.
“It needs highlighting and something has to be done.
“Sometimes, because of the lack of facilities, carers have no choice but to lay people on the floor in a cubical to change them.
“We also have some lovely parks but they don’t have disabled equipment for children to play on.
“It is 2013 and people with disabilities are still being treated as second- class citizens.”
Linda Ogilvie, 56, of North Row, Barrow, has spina bifida and diabetic neuropathy.
She said eating out and socialising was “a nightmare” in some places and that left her and others limited as to where they could go.
Mr Ogilvie added: “There is one particular place that you can’t even get your wheelchair into the toilet.
“I can get out of my chair with difficulty but would need rails. I asked them if that was something they could install and they said no.
“Surely everywhere should be accessible to everyone, regardless of their disability.”
First published at 16:15, Monday, 14 October 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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I have 2 dissabled children now 12 and 14 and yes they can both walk but have no choice but 2 take them into a disabled toilet as they both need constant supervision in public and it's impossible to get the 3 of us into a tiny cubicle and be able to close the door also my daughter has epilepsy and D.T doors always open out if she does have a seizure but I really wish wheelchair users would not be so judgemental I will never forget the time I was in morrissons dissabled toilet I was changing my son of about 7 on the floor on a bin liner I used to take everywhere to change him on my daughter would have been about 10 was on the toilet and someone started hammering on the door so please tell me how was I ment to have the space to do this in a tiny toilet cubical my kids can walk but their severe dissability is not noticeable just by looking at them and I'm not going to put them in danger I cannot have the 3 of us go in to 3 differant cubicles that would be neglecting them.
You wouldn't expect parents to change babies on dirty floors so why should careers have to do this to older children or adults I think ccc should get their acts together and look into what they can do to rectify the situation with these toilets
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