Charity plans five more accessible holiday lodges to cope with demand

Homelands Trust closomat

There are plans to build an additional five luxury accessibly holiday lodges at Lundin Links in Fife because of soaring demand.

The Homelands Trust runs four luxury accessible lodges and the current accommodation is almost completely booked solid for the year.

The lodges allow disabled people to enjoy a holiday knowing they have the key aids they rely on at home.

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The accessible lodges aim to make people feel they can access a ‘home away from home’ as closely as possible.   

The equipment consideration extends to bathroom fixtures with two of the purpose-built, open plan, two storey lodges featuring a ground floor wetroom equipped with, among other aids, a Closomat shower toilet.

The Closomat shower toilets have been installed in Cardy Lodge, one of three Homelands lodges which sleep six people, and Drummochy, which sleeps eight.

Each of the Closomat Palma Vita toilets offer the user the option of using the WC as a conventional loo, or to take advantage of the integrated douching and drying facilities.

Assistant manager at Homelands Trust, Kim O”Brien, said: “Our ethos as a charity is to help improve the quality of life for individuals affected by disability through the provision of luxury holiday accommodation. A great deal of research went into what types of equipment we should provide within our lodges.”

“As we cater for people with a very wide range of disabilities and limiting conditions, it was felt wash & dry toilets would be of benefit, and help replicate guests’ care packages, to be as close to their normal daily routine as far as possible.

“Many of our guests have a Closomat at home, as opposed to any other type of wash & dry toilet, so it is instantly recognisable to them, and something they are familiar with. It helps people feel more at ease.

“We now have guests that repeatedly book Cardy and Drummochy so they can use the Closomat. Having the Closomats in two of our four lodges mean people have the choice to book whichever accommodation best suits their needs.”

Since the Closomat toilet was first introduced over 55 years ago, more than 57,000 have been sold, many of which are still in daily use at least 30 years after being first installed.

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