'Can't wait' washroom program aims to help Crohn's sufferers
Businesses will be asked to display a decal indicating washroom available for emergencies
Finding a washroom when it’s needed urgently could soon be easier for people with Crohn’s or colitis, thanks to a new support program.
Crohn's and Colitis Canada is recruiting Calgary businesses for its "Can't Wait" decal program, where stores display a sticker indicating there's a washroom available for emergencies.
Jennifer Wakeford, who has Crohn's disease, says it could help her feel more at ease.
“It limits what you're willing to do, where you're willing to go, just because you don’t know if you have access to a washroom which is so important,” she said.
"A lot of people don't really understand. It's not like you have the ability to hold it. You need to go to the washroom right away. So, having the knowledge that you can go to a certain business and utilize the washroom is great."
Shane Dixon, the organization’s development coordinator, said the program is meant to make life easier for sufferers and educate others at the same time.
"It's a taboo subject, it's tough for people to talk about, and so this program will make things easier, let people know about the condition, get people talking about the condition,” he said.
Stickers are expected to start appearing in store windows in the next few weeks. If the program catches on in Calgary it’s hoped other cities will follow.
“As a business owner I would totally be 100 per cent for a program such as this,” said Mario Spina, who owns Burger 320 in Bridgeland.