How to choose the right adult changing table
If changing an older child or adult—or being changed yourself, for that matter—is part of your daily routine, then you’re well aware of the challenges unique to your situation. At Can-Dan, our mantra is, “No space is the same, every individual is unique.” That’s why it’s so important to find an adult changing table that works for your specific needs and maximizes the comfort, safety, and convenience of the people who will be using it.
The changing process is already difficult, and having access to an adult changing table should make it as easy as possible. Here are some of the questions to consider when searching for a product that will meet your needs.
Where will it be used?
Adult changing tables are used in a variety of settings, from institutions like schools, hospitals, and nursing facilities to private residences. In each of these spaces, the way changing tables are used and the people using them varies. In most public institutions, for example, a stationery or wall-mounted table* might be preferred, since the changing table will likely be used several times throughout the day within the same space.
Height-adjustability is important in any situation where multiple people will be using the changing table, in order to accommodate wheelchair users and allow multiple staff members or caregivers the ability to adjust the table to the correct ergonomic height.
On the other hand, if the changing table will be located in a private residence, you may prefer a mobile changing table that can be moved from room to room—particularly if the person who needs toileting assistance is non-ambulatory. If they are ambulatory and the same caretaker will be assisting them from day to day, a height-adjustable table may not be necessary.
What is the weight of the person using it?
The changing table you purchase will, of course, need to be able to safely accommodate the person or people who will be using it. Standard adult changing tables usually hold about 300 pounds. For heavier patients, bariatric changing tables are available that can support up to 1,000 pounds.
If being used in a hospital or another setting that serves the general public, it may be worthwhile to invest in a bariatric changing table to ensure you can serve each individual who enters your facility.
What is the size and layout of the space?
The type of changing table is not only dependent upon the size of the person using it, but also the layout and overall amount of space where it will be located. No matter the circumstances, it is important to have adequate space surrounding the table for caretakers to safely and comfortably conduct the changing process. If space is limited or the room is multi-purpose, you may want to invest in a wall-mounted changing table that can fold up against the wall when it’s not in use.
Think a wall-mounted table might be the best option for you? First, you’ll need to confirm the walls of the intended space are structurally sound, which may require a consultation with a structural engineer. In order to support an adult changing table (and the adult using it, of course!) the wall needs to be load-bearing and structurally engineered. If the wall is not load-bearing, don’t be discouraged—Can-Dan has developed a floor frame option, which allows you to mount our changing tables to any wall by using the floor frame. Problem solved!
Considering a mobile changing table? Prior to purchasing, you’ll need to measure any doorways and hallways to make sure the changing table can easily pass through when moving it from room to room.
What features would help ease the changing process?
Every person is different, and every space is different. Because of this, an adult changing table that’s perfectly suited for one residence or facility may not be ideal for another. Many changing tables come with special features to aid the changing process. Here are a few that you may want to consider.
Side rails – some changing tables include side rails to provide users added safety and prevent falls.
Waist straps – these offer a sense of security for individuals who tend to move during the changing process.
Shower head – a shower changing table is convenient for individuals who also need assistance with bathing. This is especially useful for wheelchair users and their caregivers, as it prevents caregivers from having to move them from the changing table to the bath.
Antimicrobial material – products with antimicrobial upholstery may reduce the risk of infection, and are particularly useful for facilities where multiple people will be using the same changing table.
Browse Can-Dan’s variety of adult changing tables.
We understand that you have unique circumstances, and we work our hardest to offer a range of high-quality products. When you’re ready, browse our selection of adult changing tables. We might just have what you’re looking for!