Universal table set up in specially designated family washrooms at Camp Jordan

The City of East Ridge has installed a universal changing table in a specially designated family washroom at Camp Jordan as part of a multi-agency effort to support adult changing tables at public facilities statewide. .

The new “family toilet with universal changing table”, ready for use from Tuesday 7 June, is designed to accommodate people with various disabilities and medical conditions that require them to receive toileting assistance, such as muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s disease, paraplegia, cerebral palsy or those recovering from a stroke. Access to such a table will provide a clean and safe environment, eliminating the unhygienic option of placing a loved one on a bathroom floor.

The adult changing station installation at Camp Jordan evolved from feedback shared by the TennCare MCO BlueCare Tennessee Advisory Board for Members with Disabilities, as well as the decision of the Tennessee General Assembly to invest 1 million dollars to increase access to universal access to changing tables across the state. ..

State Representative Esther Helton, who also serves on the East Ridge City Council, worked with Tennessee Council of Developmental Disabilities governor-appointed member Roddey Coe to gain unanimous city council support to set up a table at the CampJordan. Mr Coe was aware of the existing community initiative inspired by BlueCare members to support adult changing tables and connected with the insurerwho agreed to donate an adult changing table for the Camp Jordan site.

“Universal changing tables help everyone,” Rep. Helton said. “It’s a place where caregivers can meet bathroom needs in a convenient and safe way for people who are unable to care for themselves. Everyone deserves a safe, dignified and hygienic space to go to the bathroom. I’m thrilled the first table is at Camp Jordan Park in my hometown.

BlueCare will also place additional changing tables at sites in Shelby County, Davidson County and Knoxville.

“We hope this helps end a dilemma that forces families with diverse needs to choose between self-isolating at home or potentially putting their health and dignity at risk while in the community,” said Jeremy Scruggs, health promotion manager for BlueCare Tennessee.

Beyond investments from BlueCare and the state legislature, several state organizations have chosen to address this community need. Over the next eight to ten years, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) agreed to install adult changing tables at all rest areas and visitor centers. Additionally, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has agreed to install the changing tables in all state parks.

“I want to thank Rep. Helton and Roddey Coe in their efforts to get this equipment off the ground,” East Ridge Mayor Brian Williams said. “I would also like to thank the East Ridge City Council for their unanimous support as well as BlueCare Tennessee for agreeing to partner with the city and donating an adult changing table to be installed at the Camp site. Jordan.”

Mayor Williams shared the city’s excitement at being able to provide a universal changing table at Camp Jordan, giving families a solution to extend their stay and not have to get out of their car or come home early. at home, when someone needs it. be changed.

I think it will reduce the anxiety for families,” Williams said. “It will also help them feel included – that we have thought of their needs and that they can stay longer to enjoy our park activities. We hope that this additional equipment will improve their experience in our city.

More information can be found at https://www.tn.gov/cdd/current-priorities/adult-tables-a-changer.html or by contacting the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities by emailing [email protected] or calling 615-532-6615.

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