Wide doors and a Wet Room!
Heath View is a 4 star Gold wheelchair accessible bungalow close to the Suffolk coast. Rated as level 1 & 2 for mobility access by Visit England, we offer large bedrooms and a wet room all in a step-free environment.
We also have mobility equipment available to hire, which can be moved into any room for your convenience.
King’s Fund profiling bed & Mattress £100
Oxford Midi 170 hoist £60
Simple shower chair £20
Etac Clean 55 shower/commode £40
Slings for mobile or pool hoist £10
There is no shingle at Heath View!
Entrances are flat and step-free with bricked paths leading to the conservatory and the 1 1/2 width side door. The front door is rarely used but has a porch which can be used for storage. There are two low steps here, one into the porch and one into the house.
The Blue Room with Wet Room
With views out to the rear garden, this spacious bedroom has a double bed, accessible on both sides, bedside tables with touch lamps and a large built in wardrobe provide ample hanging and drawer space and contains a sitting-height mirror.
It’s all about the bathroom!
The wet room leads off the blue room and has a drop-down shower chair and adjustable height, free-head shower. Fixed handrails are either side of the shower chair, beside the sink and the toilet, which also has a drop-down rail. The toilet is 19cm high and in addition there is a raised seat available. The room has a non-slip floor throughout and is large enough for assistance and manoeuvrability.
We have two wheeled shower chairs, depending on your needs. See above for details of hiring.
A sink in every room
All the other bedrooms have sinks and both the purple and red rooms have space to sit in front of a mirror. All the rooms are spacious and can accommodate equipment. Each room also has touch lamps.
Overlooking the front garden, the kitchen has a mid-height oven and grill. A central island has an overhang allowing space for wheelchair users.
The Utility Room
Entrance to this room is via the 1 1/2 width doors from the front driveway and from the kitchen. It contains a washing machine, tumble drier and sink.
A large, light room with windows on two sides overlooking the pretty rear garden. There are 2 three-seater sofas, and a large, powered recliner chair. All the furniture is moveable to suit the needs and access of guests. Corner lamps and a wall-mounted plasma screen TV leave the floor space free for access.
The Breakfast/Dining room
This leads directly off the lounge and is also accessed via the kitchen or conservatory. An Ercol dining table can be adjusted to sit 8-10 people and has leg raisers available. Two high-backed chairs from the porch fit easily under the table if required.
Two chairs and a futon provide comfortable seating upon which to relax and view the garden. Access from here to the garden is level.
The entire outside is step-free and flat offering equal access to the gardens. The smooth lawn continues beyond the picket fence and guests are welcome to enjoy the grassed area (shared only with us) for games or to stroll down to see the chickens and collect eggs.
Patio furniture is provided as well as a BBQ for summer dining.
The front garden is enclosed by a fence, hidden within the privet hedge and a farm-style gate.
The fourth bedroom is accessed from outside the bungalow and has a step up entrance. This room is a fabulous private sanctuary, having its own toilet and wash basin and is ideal for teenagers, carers or just a little peace and quiet.
The surrounding area
Purdis Avenue has recently been resurfaced and leads onto the heathland and its well-worn pathways that are accessible by wheelchair. Being a wooded area, some of the paths may be uneven, however, they are wide and not overgrown.
Bucklesham Road does not have a footpath on either side leading up to Purdis Avenue, however, on the opposite side after approx. 100 yards there is a public walk way leading through to Sainsbury’s and the bus stop for access to Ipswich and Felixstowe.
Details of the area, including things to do and places with good access, can be found on our Local Area page, or in a folder at Heath View. We have been to most attractions, farm parks and museums in the area, so have experienced the access first hand. If you want to know about anywhere specific just ask and we can check it our before you come.
There are several farm parks. Our favourites (because they have the best access and attitude) are:
Baylham rare breeds, where the children can feed pigmy goats and see the rare breed pigs and sheep.
Access: This farm has links to the local special schools and is very accommodating. There are some hills and uneven paths, but staff are lovely and willing to help. The cafe is great. http://baylham-house-farm.co.uk
The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, which has all sorts of birds, flying displays, a fabulous play area with a wheelchair accessible roundabout and even a meerkat enclosure.
Access: This is a great place to go with designated areas for disabled people and their carers. The flying display is very good. http://www.owl-help.org.uk
Suffolk Punch Trust is where you can get up close to these magnificent horses. They will also be on show at the Suffolk Show.
Access: They have a golf buggy available. If you would like to go, I will contact my friend in advance to arrange use of the buggy. http://suffolkpunchtrust.org
Eastern Farm Park, which has pony rides, ride on tractors and several animals.
Access: This is very flat with the animal feeding areas at low level. There are smooth walks around the farm to the paddocks. http://www.eastonfarmpark.co.uk