Feedback from our Community Asks in September

Ideas for swimming aids and suggestions for accessible holidays

Thank you to everyone who got involved in our Community Asks in September by providing suggestions and ideas.

A community member is asking for recommendations for flotations and support aids to be used in swimming pools

Suggestions from the community:

  • Pool noodles are good for going under arms and legs if you want to float
  • Chailey headrest to support head in water – community member borrows it from local hospice as they can be expensive to purchase
  • Aquafit Upright Float: theraquatics.com
  • Sling Mesh Noodle Chair: amazon.co.uk
  • Swim Jacket with safety strap underneath

A community member is asking for recommendations for holiday accommodation in the UK suitable for a family with a 14 year old wheelchair bound boy with ALD

Suggestions from the community:

  • Family with son with ALD stayed at self-catering cottage in peak district called Hope Cross Cottage. It was set up for a family of 4 including one with disability and included a mobile hoist: www.vicaragefarm.co.uk
  • Brickhouse cottages near Blackpool. Includes profiling bed, ceiling hoist, accessible hot tub, wet room, bookable hydro pool on site and a restaurant. They run quiz and cinema nights. https://brickhousecottages.co.uk/
  • Island Riding Centre, Isle of Wight. They have accommodation suitable for wheelchair users. We stayed in the Pegasus cottage. The wet room is spacious and on ground floor along with a bedroom and 3 others upstairs. You can hire hoist and stand aid and riser bed etc from Island Mobility who deliver to the property. Holidays – Island Riding Centre
  • We went to stay in a lovely cottage called The Owl House near Telford last month. It’s an old farm building in the owners’ orchard. They converted it for the lady’s disabled mother. Has its own hot tub, and a swimming pool in the owners’ garden. There is a beautiful wet room, but the shower is not very powerful. About 25 minute drive to Ironbridge and the museums. https://www.booking.com/hotel/gb/the-owl-house-moreton-nr-newporr.en-gb.html
  • Able stay London – has specially adapted houses for people with additional needs and have been recommended by a friend: AbleStay
  • Another possible company: Disabled Holidays
  • Speak to Rays of sunshine as they organise holidays and visits for children with additional needs and may know of places: Rays of Sunshine
  • Highly recommend Haystax Inclusive Farm Experience and Lodges we have been twice this year and they go above and beyond! They blended meals for us in their cafe, they put sensory toys, beanbags, bubble tubes in the lodge. They have everything you could need and more: https://www.facebook.com/HaystaxInclusiveFarmandLodges
  • My son is wheelchair bound (can’t stand or walk) 5 years old however we reached out to a charity called Alice’s Escapes (cancer & other terminal/life limiting conditions) who provide holidays for families (hoists & wetroom included) in the Lake District. They are fully accessible lodges with a ramp and money off Local safari zoo. We went last year. Highly recommend. Home (alices-escapes.co.uk)
  • We have been to all of these holiday homes:

Trevassack Holidays in Cornwall: https://www.facebook.com/TrevassackHolidays

Brickhouse Farm Cottages in Lancashire: https://www.facebook.com/BrickHCottages

Flat Spaces Foundation in Hampshire: https://www.facebook.com/flatspacesfoundation

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