Help visualizing: get a battlemat and draw each "room" for her. Use tokens or minis.
How to not get killed: I really don't understand how this is such a chore for lots of players. If you wouldn't do it in real life, it could get you killed in the game. Do it Final Fantasy style: in combat, a character has four options only. FIGHT. ITEM. RUN. And a class-specific option. STEAL. That way, running away and surviving is always a 1 out of 4 option.
-Heinrich smiles. Cynthia smiles. Hermit attacks!