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Old 05-12-2011, 13:34
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My name is Mairi and I work for a charity based in Glasgow supporting people with Motor Neurone Disease. We have been providing a holiday facility just outside St Andrews for all those with a disability. Many of our people are in wheelchairs (standard ones to large powered chairs). The caravan has a ramp for easy access and the doors are wide enough to let a chair through without any problems.

The kitchen worktops have been lowered to enable wheelchair users to be independent.

The caravan has a wet room with plenty of turning space. There is also a shower chair and raised toilet seat.

One of the beds has a mattress elevator on it and also there are grab handles above the bed which makes it easier for the more severely disabled to get out of bed.

The caravan does have its limitations for instance, we cannot fit a riser/recliner in it but those who have used it have thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding caravans for those with a disability.
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Old 06-12-2011, 09:36
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Hi Mairi, thank you for posting on this thread, if you have any photo's that would be helpful I think You could add a link with your post to a photobucket account perhaps?
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Check out the link above to see what our caravan has to offer.
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Great photos gal! ... Really admire people like you!!....wishing you all the best and hope it helps those who are less fortunate!!...five stars from me!!

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http://s1104.photobucket.com/albums/h337/thistle2802/

Check out the link above to see what our caravan has to offer.
Thanks again for your post on this thread, I really hope you get some enquiries from it . What facilities are there on site to assist your holiday makers?

It's a lovely caravan, a credit to you
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Old 21-12-2011, 10:08
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Our caravan is sited at Craigtoun Meadows Caravan Park just outside St Andrews in Fife.

The Park, holds the ‘Scottish Tourist Board 5 Star Award’ and the "Thistle" Award for Caravan Holiday Homes. They are twice winners of the AA's prestigious 'Best Scottish Campsite' award. Please note that they have a no dogs or other pets rule in the park.

Craigtoun Meadows is only one and a half miles from the centre of historic
St Andrews, the Home of Golf, which offers a wide range of amenities and
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For more info on the site visit www.craigtounmeadows.co.uk
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Hi thistle,

I have a Pemberton too, I need it for my daughter. May I ask, did you ask Pemberton about putting a hospital type bed into the van? As I intend to do this when the season opens, but of course, dont want it to crash through the floor....so am I right from reading your post, that you cant do this? hmmnnn, thats going to pose problems for me then!

Love the van, it looks the same age as mine.

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Hi thistle,

I have a Pemberton too, I need it for my daughter. May I ask, did you ask Pemberton about putting a hospital type bed into the van? As I intend to do this when the season opens, but of course, dont want it to crash through the floor....so am I right from reading your post, that you cant do this? hmmnnn, thats going to pose problems for me then!

Love the van, it looks the same age as mine.

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Hi Weedaisy , what are you thinking of putting in, if its just the bed then this wont be a problem , the floor should take it no problem but to be sure you could plate the floor where the bed rests just to be safe.We have done modifications for people who have expressed a wish to spend there last few days of there life in the caravan, We have done mods for Marie Curie and Macmillan. If your thinking about hoists and parts hanging from the roof , then this is slightly more complex but again not a problem but will need doing by somebody that understands caravans. If you pm me with what your thinking of doing then i can give you some more info.
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Hi wee_daisy

We did contact Pemberton regarding installing a fully height adjustable bed in the caravan. We were advised that this could be done but they recommended reinforcing the entire large bedroom floor. However, this is something Pemberton would not do and suggested we make contact with someone local who would carry out the work for us.

We did some checking and quotes received ranged from £900 to over £2000We do have a portable hoist but also looked at installing a ceiling hoist. As you know, space is an issue especially when visitors are wheelchair bound so we decided against making changes. I should mention that these quotes were received in 2006 and may have increased. I would suggest that you find someone who has aleady done this type of work and ask for testimonials and also some kind of structural report.

As the caravan can only accommodate people living with MND up to a certain stage in the disease progression, it was decided to purchase and adapt a chalet in which we would install a ceiling hoist throughout the chalet, an adjustable bed, riser/recliner chair, environmental control systems. A structural inspection was carried out and to our delight, the chalet can deal with all the adaptations we require.

I would be very interested to hear how you get on. Happy New Year.

Mairi
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