Wheelchair friendly accommodation – Just what do you do when you can’t find decent wheelchair accessible accommodation that doesn’t look clinical like a hospital? Just because you need a little extra help getting around, it does not mean your wheelchair accessible accommodation has to look like a hospital.
That’s why we designed this holiday house to be wheelchair friendly. In doing so, my mum (who has MS) can be independent after so many frustrating experiences booking a holiday only to discover that the accommodation was not accessible at all! I wanted others to enjoy a relaxing holiday with all the luxury touches, just like my mum does
So, check out our Accessibility FAQ below the video. Furthermore, discover why we built a holiday rental designed for accessible needs in a recent blog story here.
What is included
We provide the following equipment (free of charge): Portable patient lifter Invacare hoist. (YOU WILL NEED TO BRING YOUR OWN SLING. A shower chair and toilet seat (with handles), a walking frame and two detachable grab bars. Large non-slip mats. So please let us know if you require them at the time of making your booking.
Accessing the property
Guests are given access to the garage. From there there, it is completely level. You can access completely level area from internal garage access.
There is a slight lip at the front door and a threshold ramp is provided, a wheelchair can go over ok. However we recommend using the Garage access. Because the house is step free, with wide walkways, the accommodation is well suited to visually impaired guests too.
Yes a wheelchair can fit through. However we do not recommend it (gravel path after rain can be a challenge). We offer internal garage access as well which is completely level.
The door is 120 cm wide with a small lip. We have portable rubber threshold ramps.
Inside the House
Polished concrete in the main living area, firm carpet in bedrooms and second living area and tiled bathrooms. Designed for wheelchairs to move around comfortably.
Yes anyone in a wheelchair has full access to the entire house. The layout is designed for visually impaired or wheelchair use.
Extra wide sliding doors with widths ranging from 120 cm to 155 cm in every room, except the second toilet. All bedrooms and bathrooms have extra wide sliding doors.
No stairs inside. There are 2 steps from the rear covered deck to the grass outside in the backyard. Therefore there is no wheelchair access to grass, only the covered deck. The covered deck is fully accessible, ( a 4 cm lip with rubber threshold ramps provided)
Kitchen, Dining & Outdoors
Height of dining table is 75 cm, and wheelchair can fit under easily.
Wheelchair can move around the kitchen easily, and microwave is at hip level. However, the wheelchair cannot fit under the sink or bench. The dishwasher is easy to access.
Yes – see images below
There is a low (4 cm) threshold ramp from house to the outside decking and covered patio. Rest comfortably under the covered deck. Currently there is a large step to the grassed area. If you wish to access the grass, please bring your portable ramp, as currently no wheelchair access to grass.
Wheelchair friendly bedroom
Yes. we provide a portable electric hoist (Invacare ELF 127).
Master bedroom suitable for a portable hoist which we provide free of charge (Available March 2019)and beds can be moved around if required.
Yes, there are two levels for hanging space (upper and lower) as well as slide out drawers.
No, not at this stage. Guests may choose to hire hospital-style beds and hoists should they be needed. (We can provide contact information for you to arrange). The room is large enough to accommodate this.
The bed height is 60 cm. Note we do have a hoist to help you in to the bed.
Wheelchair accessible bathroom
Yes, a wheelchair can slide under the sink and for the shower the width to get into the shower is 88 cm. total dimensions of the master shower are 124 cm wide x 188 cm.
Yes it is, and there is no lip.
No it is a frameless glass screen with width access to glide into shower being 88 cm.
Handheld adjustable hose and rain shower option.
It has a shower chair but not on wheels, which meets Australian Safety standards. (See photos further down).
Yes. Sinks are certified disabled friendly.
Not allowing for change table as well as wheelchair, (either or is fine).
Yes they are placed low.
Height of toilet is 45 cm and yes toilet chair can be placed over the top (which we also provide for you- see photo further down). The chair provided has grab handles on the sides. We also have the option of using the toilet as normal, but with side grab handles. (See photos) If you require one without handles, please bring your own toilet chair to meet this need.
We also have the above item that has side handles
Yes there are 3 removable grab rails that are Australian standard approved suction cups. Therefore, this allows guests to place them where convenient (e.g. left or right handed) however grab rail cannot be used at toilet area. The toilet chair has handles on the sides of the chair.
There are a total of 3 bedrooms, (2 queen size beds, and 1 bedroom with 4 bunk beds). All beds are of the highest quality ensuring comfort for your stay. Of the 3 bedrooms, there is an accessible wing with bedroom and ensuite.
Yes, bedroom for a disabled person is placed at one end of the house whilst the other 2 bedrooms are at another end of the house.
No. There is a separate wing divided by a wide sliding door for carers.
Blind or Low Vision
Guide Dogs are most welcome. There is a secure back yard for toileting. An additional cleaning fee is payable if their droppings aren’t collected.
Contrasting furniture: As shown on the photos, the furniture contrasts with flooring, making it easier to navigate the property. Link to detailed photos here.
Crockery and kitchenware: white crockery contrasts well with the timber dining table. Kitchenware contrasts well with the white kitchen bench tops.
At 100 Hitchcock, we have made an absolute best effort to accommodate a wide variety of access needs. It may not suit everyone, and we hope this detailed FAQ helps you make the correct choice for you. Do let us know if you have any suggestions or specific requirements.