Portable change table

We are running in partnership with other agencies and the City of Toronto, Parks Forestry and Recreation an accessible swim program for people with physical disabilities. Many of our participants require that they change in a lying down position and thus require a "change table". At this point we are looking at two locations that require this. Challenges include storage as storage space is of high premium at the pools. It would have to be at a height that would be comfortable for the support staff. It should be wide enough to be able to turn a person on their side safely. Sturdy enough to be able to handle up to 350lbs safely. Should be folding (for storage), and have wheels that lock so it can be moved easily. We assume wood is the best material for this (or easiest to work with), but we are open to suggestions. It should also be long enough. We have not come with specific numbers (how many inches/cm wide or high e.g.). For this some of us involved in this program need to discuss the details. However, you may have some questions too, so if you let us know we can provide answers to your questions. A few years we purchased a portable massage table. However, it is not wide enough to accommodate some of our participants with being turned safely.

About Tetra
Tetra is a non-profit organization that recruits skilled volunteers to create customized assistive devices for people with physical disabilities. See our instructables group at: https://www.instructables.com/group/tetra/

lime3D4 years ago
Why does it need to be portable? Why not just create a designated area for it? If space is a concern, you could construct it like a Murphy Bed, and only pull it out when needed.
chuirich lime3D4 years ago
The change room is only rented by the organization for a swim program. Storage is expensive at that facility and I believe modifications to the change room is not a possibility.
Operon (author)  lime3D4 years ago
Thanks for your interest! I will grab the attention of the coordinator of this project so he can provide some more feedback.