Omnipod: tiny homes for disabled homeowners



UK providers of accessible holiday accommodation, Omni Access, has launched Omnipods. These are ‘plug in’ accommodation untis for holiday sites which are specially designed to include those who are disabled or with mobility issues, but can also be easily adapted for able-bodied use and tiny homes.

Features include a custom-built kitchen, spacious wet room, level entry wide doors, at least 1.5m turning circles making it wheel-chair friendly, plus electrical sockets and USB ports at appropriate heights. Hoists can be fitted for additional mobility needs, while different furnishing options are available and single or double orthopaedic beds. There is underfloor heating and an external canopy.

OmniPod designer and company founder, Paddy Costeloe (pictured below), who was left paralysed following a  boating accident, said: “As my family and I adjusted to my life in a wheelchair, I’ve experienced first-hand the significant difficulty faced when finding a suitable holiday location. Most holiday destinations in our country are inaccessible for families with a member who has an impairment, and not only does this cause huge restrictions for a demographic that is being somewhat neglected, there is an opportunity for businesses to cater for this growing market."

Paul Nadin, Managing Director of UK specialist travel agent Disabled Holidays, added: “Over the past 12 months Disabled Holidays has been unable to find availability at UK destinations for 19% of our customers, with this rising to 50% for popular locations such as Devon and Cornwall. We welcome Omnipods’ investment and solution.”
 
The Omnipod will be featured at the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome show at the NEC in Birmingham in February next year. 

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