“EVERY DISABILITY IS DIFFERENT”
My disability is locked in syndrome, so as well as having difficulty with my speech, I have no movement below the neck. The bungalow was designed primarily for my use, so you may be worried about whether the bungalow is “accessible enough” for your needs, but really it should be.
The parking area is large enough for any sort of accessible vehicle, including a minibus. Alternatively, you may want to arrive by public transport. There is a train station in Dawlish which is a ten minute walk (about twenty minutes for a step-free route) or you can get one of the accessible buses that run three times an hour. You may not wish to use the buses, so you can get off the train at Exeter and there is a specialist WA vehicle taxi service that can bring you to the property from Exeter train station for £37 each way. Their website address is http://www.waveexeter.com/.
There is smooth, level access throughout the property, and disabled doors to one of the bedrooms, the wet room , into the lounge and the kitchen has a large opening off the hall. Please note that although the kitchen can be accessed easily by a wheelchair, the units are standard for use by an able bodied person.
There is a fixed ceiling track hoist in the bedroom, and a further mobile hoist for use in the lounge, so that you can transfer into the 'riser recliner' chair. (please bring your own sling) The 'accessible' bedroom contains twin beds, one of which is a fully functioning 'hospital' bed with both profiling ability, and height adjustment for care. In addition this bed can have an airflow mattress fitted (available) or bed rails (available).
For bathing there is a large wheel-in wet room, thermasticly controlled shower and a 1.5m hose. There is a choice of mobility aids, a shower stool, a shower commode or a tilt-in-space shower commode with bed pan.
The terrace at the rear of the property can be accessed through the sliding door, down a shallow ramp, and is fully paved.
Please note, we can also put you in touch with a trusted local care agency: who can help with washing and dressing.
Please note that we take no responsibility for the use of specialist equipment within the bungalow and individuals who choose to use it need to be adequately trained to do so.