The Homelands Trust Fife – Accessible lodges
The Homelands Trust-Fife is a Scottish, registered charity (SC027281) based in Lundin Links, Fife. Some years ago. local lady, Miss Isabel Paxton, left her estate, “Homelands”, to charity for the benefit of people affected by “MS and other disabling and incurable conditions”. As a result of this generous legacy, the Trust commissioned 4 purpose-built, accessible, self-catering holiday lodges, which are designed and equipped to meet the needs of disabled people with a variety of conditions.
Entry to the grounds is via a driveway for vehicles from Links Road as well as a gently sloping pedestrian path with a 1:20 gradient. The car park is paved with monobloc and is completely level. There is a designated parking space outside or opposite each lodge and another 2 designated spaces in the car park. All four lodges have level entry access at all entrances.
Access to each lodge is via a spacious porch, with sockets for charging a mobility scooter. Homelands has two mobility scooters available for guests to borrow.
Massey, Keil and Cardy lodges all sleep six people, in one twin bedroom downstairs, a twin or double bedroom upstairs (zip link beds) and a good quality double sofa bed in the lounge. There is an H-frame ceiling hoist and a single Ergo Medley profiling bed plus a single divan in the downstairs bedroom. There are airflow pressure relief mattresses on the profiling beds in Drummochy and Cardy.
Drummochy, the largest of the 4 lodges, sleeps eight in four bedrooms with two accessible rooms downstairs and one twin and one twin/ double upstairs. Both downstairs bedrooms have a ceiling hoist and a single profiling bed plus a single divan. The main bedroom upstairs has a twin/ double bed and the smaller bedroom has a single bed with pull-out guest bed, making it a twin if required.
All four lodges have a spacious, level-access wet-room as well as a second toilet on the ground floor (right side transfer). All 4 lodge wet-rooms have a left-side transfer onto the toilet. Additionally, Drummochy and Cardy lodges have a Clos-o-Mat toilet in the wet-room. There is a wall-mounted shower seat in the shower area, Self-propelling, attendant-propelled shower chairs, and shower trolleys are also available on request. The lounge/ dining/ kitchen area is open plan and extremely spacious. There is level access to the patio and lawn from the lounge. The patio furniture is wooden, with individual chairs, which can be moved to create space for a wheelchair user.
All corridors and doorways are extra wide, making for easy access for wheelchair users.
There is specialist equipment available for anyone who is deaf or hard of hearing including vibrating, under-pillow alarms, equipment for TV listening for hearing aid users and non-hearing aid users and there is an induction loop at reception in the Paxton Centre
ALL specialist equipment is available free of charge.
The Paton Centre, a drop-in community hub, is situated right beside the lodges. It has level entry access, 2 accessible toilets (one right and one left transfer) and a lift to the 3 rooms on the upper floor. A community café operates on Mondays and Wednesdays in Forth View for lunches but anyone can drop in and make themselves a cuppa any weekday between 10am and 4pm for a small donation. Activities in the Paxton Centre vary and many are volunteer-led. We have offered seated exercise, basic computing, Pilates, complementary therapies, mindfulness, yoga, counselling and health walks. A podiatrist offers a private service on Thursdays. Rooms can be booked by organisations and businesses for meetings, interviews etc.
For further information, please contact:
Homelands Trust Fife
14a Links Road
Tel: 01333 329039