GoHere® Washroom Access
Imagine if you lived with a lifelong condition where you needed to go to the washroom between five and 20 times a day
Increasing washroom access changes lives
A primary lifestyle concern for the 300,000 Canadians living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis is accessing washrooms when they are away from home. Living with Crohn’s or colitis is a daily challenge. Faced with the anxiety of an accident due to incontinence, many choose to stay at home. Those that do not must plan their activities around publicly accessible washroom locations.
The GoHere® Washroom Access Program makes it possible for individuals to escape the social isolation these diseases can cause. This program makes it easier for people living with Crohn's or colitis or both to manage their symptoms and lead more active, productive and fulfilling lives.
There are many more individuals who benefit from increased washroom accessibility. These include individuals with various conditions that cause incontinence issues, such as certain neurological disorders and forms of cancer. Seniors, pregnant women and young children are groups who also benefit from the GoHere program.
The GoHere Washroom Access Program employs innovative practices by utilizing a 3-pronged strategy: business outreach and storefront signage; a digital and dynamic app designed to find accessible washrooms before leaving your home; and an access card, to raise awareness when Canadians face questioning regarding their inflammatory bowel disease and its accommodation needs.
The program helps create communities that are understanding, supportive and accessible for Canadians with disabilities that cause incontinence. We want everyone to have the opportunity to engage and thrive in their community.
GoHere® decal: business washroom access, no questions asked
A primary lifestyle concern for the 300,000 Canadians living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis is accessing washrooms when they are away from home. Living with Crohn’s or colitis is a daily challenge.
Faced with the anxiety of an accident due to incontinence, many choose to stay at home. Those that do not must plan their activities around publicly accessible washroom locations.
GoHere® washroom locator app: So you know where to go, when you have to go
The GoHere Washroom Locator App helps people find the closest available washroom, anywhere in Canada. You can plan for washroom access en route to your destination or in advance by using the GoHere app. The app is free and available for iPhone and Android devices.
Takeda Canada has been a major partner of the Crohn’s and Colitis Canada GoHere program since it was first launched in 2015.
GoHere® washroom access card: Opening washroom doors
A special feature of the GoHere app is the personalized virtual GoHere® Washroom Access Card to show proof of medical need.
The virtual card acts as a safeguard for people facing emergencies and needing access to a location that has not yet joined the GoHere® Decal Program.
Interested in volunteering with GoHere? Fill out a Volunteer Application Form now and indicate that you are specifically applying for the GoHere Washroom Access Program.
If you would like additional information or have a question, please email us at gohere...crohnsandcolitis...ca.