Our Wheel World *barks* This… is… Our accessible, barn conversion holiday house in Abingdon Welcome to Kestral Lodge So, first of all for our city dwelling apartment living dog, this is a bit of an adventure Come Rushie, come, show them how you run Show them, come on, come on, what a good boy! Right next to the cottage is something we don’t see a lot of in Toronto. and that is, this isn’t a great shot they are far away. a field of sheep So this is a converted barn and one of the advantages of being in the Uk rather than pretty much anywhere in the world is that they actually know how to make an accessible holiday house. Yes there are a number of accessible holiday houses here in the UK and you would not find them anywhere else in the world, or very few places anyway and we will take you inside and give you a tour of Kestral Lodge and it’s accessibility features OK go ahead Ok here we go There’s Tim’s dad, say hi dad. Hello, welcome to Kingfisher barns welcome, this is the living area of Kingfisher barns Right now it has dog toys and puzzles spread throughout There is my mom doing a puzzle in the corner Mom say Hi to You Tube Hi Small but nice kitchen, except there’s no sharp knife aparently Doesn’t really affect the accessibility Interestingly in England they have the washing machines in the kitchen You don’t much see that in Canada But it kind of makes sense Does it? Yes So we have the accessible bathroom here which is one of the key features for something to be accessible Follow me in here and the shower with a shower chair provided which you would never find in any kind of accommodation in Canada Ya there’s a lot of hotels that have accessible showers, but then they don’t provide a shower chair right So unless you’re driving in some kind of huge van that has room for a wheelchair and a shower chair The accessible showers are kind of useless Yup It has a sprayer head It has a sprayer head, and I’ve used it, and its a very nice shower It works It works Tim might not have even noticed, but there are grab rails on all of that There is this folding frame that we haven’t used, so aparently I don’t know how to use it and also I don’t know if you noticed this either Tim but the bathroom is fitted with a track, for a ceiling lift I did not know that Yup, so you could use it for the toilet and the shower as well And the bathroom with the bath aparently has a track in it as well So track everywhere, which is great as a lift user myself Yup And here we have the accessible bedroom So the first thing… Well actually Tim, this is our room, but that doesn’t mean it is the accessible bedroom A fair enough So come on in, we haven’t cleaned up, because this is reality And I mean, how many people go on vacation and don’t have their room look like this within 2 days right? So here we are, the first thing you’ll notice is that it is a very nice big bed, which is nice because often rooms for people with disabilities, they assume that the people don’t sleep with anyone else so usually there are two single beds, or some other arrangement but this is a nice big bed for a couple, which is good because we are a couple. and the piece the resistance in the room, the thing that I need every single day to get in and out of this nice big bed is right over there, which is that track with the lift hanging down from it now that piece of equipment is what I use to get in and out of bed and its something that no hotels, or very few hotels in Canada have figured out how to install in their rooms we’ve never actually found any hotel that has a ceiling lift in Canada, and it’s a, I mean its a relatively simple piece of equipment With a really simple installation but it is the thing that prevents many people, who have various disabilities, from staying in any hotels, anywhere, in Canada so this is… this is the room So what Tim probably also didn’t realize is that in many hotels, or you’d think in a cottage like this there would be one room that’s the accessible room, I think that’s what you assumed isn’t it It is what I assumed But in fact every bedroom that is located on the first floor is also equipped with a ceiling track so here is a room with two single beds, so that if it is the case that this is the configuration that you wanted, two single beds you could live in here in addition there’s another bedroom over there, we wont go in because our brother and sister are staying in there that also has a ceiling lift over the bed and also in the bathroom up the stairs there’s one more bedroom, one more bathroom, obviously not equipped with a ceiling lift because Tim’s not getting up there but he doesn’t need to because we have everything we need down here I think one of the best things about this location for people in a wheelchair is that it is a short walk or roll into the middle of town all accessible, with two accessible pubs, or three maybe within 5 minutes of rolling and not only that but the busses are all accessible the trains are accessible, so its kind of great, you don’t even have to have a car Ya so you get, kind of the feel of being in a cottage in the countryside but your not stuck Your not secluded, or your not isolated So this is Kingfisher Barn and its a great place for me to stay It’s one of the few places i’ve been able to stay in my life that I feel truly accommodated and I want to do this video as an example of what accessible accommodation could and should be everywhere in the world this shouldn’t be a rarity, this should be the norm.