First off let me say, I'm not daytime urinary incontinent. I am an occasional bed wetter, and I suffer from IBS, which often leads to accidents, thus I wear diapers almost all the time when in public. One of the biggest things I hate is bathrooms that make it difficult to change, either because they don't have a trashcan, the stalls are very small and cramped, or there isn't a changing table in the stall to at least put your things on. I know not everyone prefers changing laying down, but I do I feel I get a better fit. I feel there needs to be a push from both incontinence groups and special needs groups for facilities that accommodating the millions of incontinent and diaper wearing Americans. I'm glad to see family bathrooms starting to become more common place but they are far from in surplus. And while they are good they still don't offer what many places overseas do, and that would be a surface to change on. I'm not necessarily asking for those big fancy expensive changing tables, but maybe just extending the counter tops used for children by 36" so they might accommodate an adult or special needs person. I think the first step is increasing awareness. I feel that awareness can be increased politely and professionally. Here is what I think we should do. We should each contact new businesses and new construction project along with popular large locations like malls and send them something along the lines of the following;
Dear Business Owner,
I am a local resident and one of the more then 15 million Americans who suffer from incontinence. So as you build or open your new business you may consider a unisex/family bathroom that can accommodate one person or a person and their caregiver. Or perhaps you may want to install a larger changing surface to not only serve as a changing surface for children but also adults and those with special needs. Changing tables that accommodate adults and special needs children are also available on the market. Other things you may consider are at least one stall being larger and able to accommodate a person and possibly a caregiver if needed. At the very least it is asked that you would consider installing at least one trash container so that disposable products may be disposed of properly and in a respectful way to other patrons. Incontinent Americans and those with special needs already suffer the embarrassment of their problem, and truly do appreciate and go out of their way to patronize business that make their life a little easier. I thank you for your time and hope you take these things into consideration. Best of luck with your business.
Ok folks what do you think?