Category Archives: Disabled Access DAy

We love our new loo, do you?

I have a thing about beautiful bathrooms, do you?

Here at Hoe Grange Holidays we are always striving to improve our facilities, and our latest project has been the refurbishment of Hipley log cabin wet room, with a super new Closomat loo. We love it and hope you do too!

Our aim is to provide a home from home relaxing holiday and we feel a beautiful bathroom is a must! Our updated luxurious facilities will leave you stress free, so you can truly relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of our special countryside.

New stylish shower room

The wet room in our Hipley log cabin has had a stylish transformation.Gone are the dark walls, the stark, basic builders pack with tiny wash hand basin and functional unattractive toilet. DIY David has worked wonders and the shower room is now bright and attractive with many stylish features!

Accessible shower roomNo more wet feet!

Both the slope of the floor and the size of the shower drain have been increased. You are no longer sploshing around in half an inch of water after your shower, whilst trying to get yourself dry! The flooring is non-slip, yet not rough underfoot, and wheeling a shower chair across the space is a breeze.

A helping hand

Motionspot are specialists in accessible design and helped us with the contemporary styling by providing a shower riser that is also designed as a strong and sturdy corner grab rail. To make life easy there is a handy holder for your soap and shampoo.

The overall look of the shower room is now sleek and contemporary as we have removed the cumbersome separate grab rails and added a large Pressalit Care wash basin with integrated handrails.

Above the wash basin is a bright back lit mirror with demister and shaver point. We replaced the old radiator with a large heated towel rail, which will be much more useful.

A new super loo!

The star of the show is the super Closomat Shower toilet. It is ideal as it combines a conventional WC with integrated washing and drying, to give people independence.

The Closomat shower toilet is designed to properly support the user and position them correctly for effective washing and drying. What we liked about The Palma Vite is the fact that it looks like a typical toilet and you can choose whether to use it as a traditional toilet or activate the shower and drying function. This means it is suitable for all our holiday guests.

Closomat shower toiletWe chose to have integrated drop down arm supports for flexibility for transferring from wheelchair to toilet from either side. They look neat and streamline and can easily be placed up out of the way. There is plenty of transfer space. The toilet seat and arm supports are in a contrast blue colour which is helpful for the visually impaired.

The Closomat is great because it looks like a typical WC, but you can choose to use it as a conventional loo, or trigger the douching and drying processes. It perfect for everyone, whether or not they are disabled.

Removing the old wet room walls and sorting out the floor levels was a mammoth task for David. We hope you agree that it was all worth it, and that the shower room is now better equipped yet sleek and stylish.

To complete the refurbishment we also put down new practical flooring in the wheelchair accessible twin bedroom and a warm cosy carpet in the master bedroom. We are really pleased with the new contemporary fresh look.

Hipley accessible bedroom

The Japanese use these sorts of wash and dry toilets all the time – what could be better than a waft of warm air!! We are hosting an Open Afternoon on Friday 15th March between 12.30 and 3.30pm in support of Disabled Access Day – why not pop  along and see our new toilet.

Boma peak district

In the spirit of Disabled Access Day you could be adventurous and try out something new too. You can test our robust Boma 7 off-road wheelchair over the farm fields. We now have both a joy stick control and a handlebar steering version. All welcome to join in a fun afternoon!

Felicity 

Disabled Access Day 2017 – meet The Bimblers

Disabled Access Day at Hoe Grange Disabled Access Day was initiated in 2015 by Paul Ralph as a day to celebrate good access and create opportunities for people to try something new in an atmosphere of cooperation, safety and fun.

Paul wanted everyone to celebrate Disabled Access Day by highlighting the fantastic access that already existed, and encouraging people to experience new places.

Now in its third year Disabled Access Day is about #YouAndSomewhereNew and continues to highlight the accessibility of places with touch tours, relaxed performances, sensory experiences, and level access. However it’s not all about facilities, one of the most important factors is a warm welcome!

"Reo"

Last year we welcomed Canine Partners and the amazing assistance dog Rio who could help get people dressed, do the washing, fetch the phone and many more every day tasks to help his owner.

This year at Hoe Grange Holidays we were delighted to give a warm welcome to Rob and Bridget, otherwise known as The Bimblers. The Bimblers write an insightful travel and holiday blog for wheelchair users and people with mobility problems.

The Bimblers Rob and Bridget “bimble” around living life in the slow lane, and show how travel is possible, even with a disability.

We love their style and the way they share their experiences making life easy for others; their valuable advice on how to enjoy travel enables everyone to make the most of their holidays.

Disabled Access Day logoFor the first time, Disabled Access Day was actually spread over 3 days, from 10th to 12th March, which meant there was more opportunity for everyone to join in. Disabled Access Day also aims to raise awareness of the importance of sharing disabled access information.

cake for Disabled Access DayNot only were disabled people, their families and friends invited to visit new places and try new activities over the weekend, but they were encouraged to provide helpful feedback to participating venues about their accessibility by writing reviews on Euan’s Guide.

If you haven’t already discovered Euan’s Guide, it’s the disabled access review website & app, launched in 2013 by Euan MacDonald, himself a powerchair user. The website provides disabled access information for venues including attractions, cinemas, sports grounds, places to stay, and everyday places such as the post office and local services. It allows users to share their experiences and review disabled access at places they visit, and is a fantastic resource if you are thinking of going somewhere new, but want to know what it’s like.

If you have stayed with us and haven’t done so already why not write a review of our facilities on Euan’s Guide?

wheelchair friendly loungeFelicity

Disabled Access Day at Hoe Grange

Just a few highlights from our open day celebrating Disabled Access Day.

Disabled Access DayDisabled Access Day is sponsored by Euan’s Guide: a really useful listing and review site that helps disabled people and their families know which venues are truly accessible.

Disabled Access Day came about after Paul Ralph, a powerchair user, went to a ‘try it out day’ at his local bus company: the open day reassured him how ticketing worked and if his powerchair would fit on the bus. This positive experience gave Paul the idea to organise the first Disable Access Day in 2015 to encourage disabled people to get out and try something new.

This year as part of our 10th anniversary celebrations we decided to take part and invited Canine Partners to bring some their assistance dogs along too. We had an excellent turn out with Andy Pollock visiting us in his official capacity as Mayor of Wirksworth. Andy used to be a Ranger, based at Middleton Top on the High Peak Trail, and helped us along the way by leading our annual Roman and Railway Ramble as part of the Peak District Walking Festival. His extensive knowledge of the archeological features of the local landscape and his identification of birds and flora always made the walks fascinating.

Mayor Andy Pollock and other doggy guests
The Mayor of Wirksworth, Andy Pollock, and other doggy guests

Alongside The Mayor Andy, another Andy came along to support Disabled Access day. Andrew and his Canine Partners dog Garfield (I know Garfield should be a cat!) who have stayed several times at Hoe Grange and enjoyed our accessible log cabins. We were always impressed with the skills that Garfield demonstrated and how he helps Andrew with everyday tasks, making life easier. Garfield and  other working dogs who have been on holiday here gave us the idea of raising funds to train an assistance dog to celebrate our 10th anniversary year.

Who could resist?
Who could resist?
"Rio"
“Rio”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Felicity’s cakes went down a storm, the Boma 7 off-road wheelchair was extremely popular, but the stars of the show were without doubt Garfield and the Canine Partners dogs, particularly Rio the demonstration dog, a gorgeous handsome GoldenDoodle.

Guests find out about the Boma and Canine Partners
Guests find out about the Boma and Canine Partners

Rio and his friends demonstrated their skills, which include everyday tasks such as opening and closing doors, unloading the washing machine, picking up dropped items, pressing buttons and switches and fetching help in an emergency. They can even help people to get undressed and remove a card from an ATM!

Assistance dog helps to undress
Rio gives trainer Laura a helping hand to undress.

Canine PartnersFind out more about Canine Partners and how these amazing dogs really can transform lives. Alternatively, discover our disabled holiday accommodation.

Felicity