6 – Diet, Allergy, Mobility, Sensory and Medical Issues
Bullet point lists the key features and equipment follow. Feel free to request further information and always just indicate your wish to use any of the aids mentioned, if they are not already to hand.
6a – Dietary Issues
Vegetarian food items are always available for breakfast
Other diets are best notified in advance and all reasonable requests can usually be met
Food Hygiene – ‘Scores on the Doors’ Rating of 4 stars out possible 5
6b – Allergy Issues
No Smoking throughout
All bedding used is Hyper allergenic
All linen and towels washed with non-biological detergent
Hardwood flooring in the Hallway, Lounge/Breakfast room, and ‘Allergy Friendly’ Room 6
Carpets are vacuumed each day
Normally dogs are only allowed if they are fully trained Assistance, Hearing or Guide dogs
6c – Physical Mobility Issues
See further detailed information under Car Park and Easy Access Bedroom and Wet Room
Easy Access Ground floor bedroom with en-suite wet room
Critical Dimensions – Gaps, Widths, Turning Circles and Distances
These have been measured for clear usable gap width, surface width or turning circles. The measurements are given in centimetres (cm) and metres (100 cm). 2.4 centimetres equals one inch.
See also the ‘Plan of Guest Areas on Ground Floor’ showing many key measurements
Path width from car park to rear garden lawn is 84cm and 7 metres long
Landing outside front door: 86cm deep behind pillars or 117cm deep between the pillars
All thresholds and doormats are flush with floor level including at the front door
The narrowest gap through any doorway is 76cm
19cm manoeuvring width to opening side of front doors and Easy Access bedroom door
142cm turning circle in ‘Easy Access’ bedroom
140cm turning circle in ‘East Access’ wet room
120cm turning circle in Hallway
150cm turning circle available in Lounge / Breakfast room
Gap in front of toilet to reach wash basin is 54cm in Easy Access Wet Room
6d – Sensory Issues
Assistance, Hearing and Guide Dogs
Fully trained Assistance, Hearing or Guide Dogs are always welcome with their owners. The rear garden is completely fenced in for security and suitable feeding and drinking bowls are available.
Other dogs are generally only allowed by special arrangement to limit any allergy issues
Dogs can be exercised along the service road or in the local parks with dog areas.
All owners will be expected to clean up after their dog with a plastic bag
Hearing and Acoustic Issues
Mobile induction loops for hearing aid users with a ‘T’ – switch at reception and in lounge
A neck induction loop that connects to the TV/DVD in any Guest bedroom
Deafgard with vibrating, strobe and text alert action for alarm clock and smoke alarm
Paper pad, pen and clipboard constantly available at the Reception counter
Willingness to converse via fax or email.
Abbey Guest House is very quiet, being set back some 30 metres from the Oxford road
Conifer hedge around the car park acts as a further acoustic screen
Family sized rooms with standard ceiling heights and all windows double glazed
Soft furnishings dampen any echo’s of the walls
Background music plays gently in the lounge / breakfast room but can be turned off
Experience suggests conversations are not hampered by acoustic noises or reflections
Vision and Lighting Issues
Large print information folder is always available in Breakfast / Lounge
All exterior signs are high contrast and illuminated automatically through the night
There are no glass screens to look through at reception or elsewhere
Key switches and items labelled with either a large font or a Braille label, sometimes both
Camera based text magnifier for use with guest bedroom TV screens or a computer screen
Access Statement and Information Folder available in various sized print fonts
Computer file formats to enable use of screen reader and speech synthesis software
Camera text magnifier that links to any guest bedroom TV screen or a computer screen
All entrance doors have small glass panels in upper half.
Colour Schemes and Tonal Contrasts
Bedrooms have gold carpets, white ceilings and cream walls with one dark red feature wall
Bedside tables are birch with contrast dark green or dark grey glass surfaces
‘Easy Access’ wet room with high contrast dark blue and blue features against white walls
Bedroom light switches are white with contrasting dark green fingerplate background
The hallway has hardwood flooring, dark cream walls and white ceilings
Stairs and first floor corridor have Red carpet, cream walls and white ceilings
The doors are white with contrasting brass handles
Bedroom furniture is birch contrasting against white walls.
Bed linen is cream with a red and green poppy pattern with dark red valance.
Arm chairs are white with contrasting dark red cushions/arm protectors
The hallway has a chandelier and down-lighters
The lounge/ breakfast room has ceiling pendants lights, wall picture lights, a table lamp and a floor standard lamp and benefits from natural daylight from the 350cm wide patio doors
The stairway and upstairs landing has down-lighters and benefits from natural daylight from a 250cm high by 130cm wide feature window
All bedrooms have large windows supplying plenty of natural daylight
Guest bedrooms have ceiling pendant lamps and either wall mounted bedside lights or individual bedside table lamps
En-suite bathrooms and wet room have down-lighters and most have natural daylight
All have shaver points and lights over the wash basin mirrors
No spot lights or windows face into guests eyes in the hallway / reception area
6e – Mobility and Medical Equipment Loan
The Red Cross offers a Medical Loan Service in Abingdon. They are based at Red Cross House, Colwell Drive, in the centre of Abingdon, next to a McDonalds. Tel: 01235 552 644. Opening times are 1.30 to 3.45 pm.
Mobility and Medical Equipment Repair and Purchase
Joncare is an Abingdon company that can arrange a comprehensive range of equipment repairs and purchase as required. Also, temporary free loans whilst items are repaired. Their Mobility Matters Independent Living Showroom is located at 7-8 Radley Place, Radley Road Industrial Estate, OX14 2RY. Tel: 01235 523353 and Fax: 01235 531019
Bedrooms 1 and 3 have twin beds. See Floor Plans for location
Proprietor (Terry) is able to offer a limited amount of individual assistance. She has over 40 years experience of first aid and care obtained as a member of St John Ambulance if you wish to bring a carer / support person with you. None of the rooms have connecting doors.