Going on vacations and staycations are fun and relaxing. For people who use wheelchairs, the experience can be different and challenging. Going on holidays, however, is an experience that everyone should enjoy. To complete the experience, you must choose the right hotel with the right amenities.
Picking a hotel to stay is difficult enough. There are many factors to consider: location, accessibility, price, and customer feedback. When you are traveling with someone who uses a wheelchair, it is also critical to choose a hotel with amenities that make their stay easy and comfortable.
Wheelchair Accessible Rooms
Choose a hotel that provides unhindered access for wheelchair users to the hotel room and other areas. These wheelchair friendly hotels must provide passages fit for wheelchairs and wheelchair lifts. Lounges, seminar halls and rooms, and other hotel amenities should be accessible without using the stairs. Wheelchair accessible rooms should preferably be located on the first floor of the hotel.
The hotel rooms must be spacious enough to allow reasonable and unrestricted movement for wheelchair users. Look for hotels that have rooms specially designed for wheelchair users. Disabled guests must be allowed for optimum mobility for them to be able to go around their usual business.
Wheelchair Accessible Bathrooms
Look for hotels that offer bathroom amenities that make shower time easy. Roll-in showers must have a shower seat attached to the side wall of the shower room. Shower seats allow your disabled friend or senior companion to sit while taking a shower. Showers and toilets must also have grab bars installed for additional support.
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 2010, the sink and toilet must have a minimum space of 5 feet to have clear and ample room for wheelchair users.
Wheelchair Accessible Shuttles
Most hotels offer transport services for their guests from the airport to the hotel. It is only fair that people with disabilities also get to enjoy the same courtesy and comfort when traveling. People with disabilities need special assistance when boarding vehicles for transport. Look for hotels that offer transportation services equipped with lifts for wheelchair users. Transportation services provided by the hotel must be convenient for both people with and without disabilities.
Wheelchair Accessible Communication Systems
Hotel rooms must have wheelchair accessible telephones, with unobstructed clear floors for easy and unrestricted access. The telephone cord must be at least 29 inches, for the convenience and comfort of the wheelchair user guest. Wheelchair users must be able to use the telephone when they need to, especially in case of emergencies.
Wheelchair Accessible Swimming Pools
If you are looking for a day of fun splashing at the swimming pool, search for hotels that have wheelchair accessible pools. There must be either a pool lift or sloped entry into the swimming pool for wheelchair users. Other means to allow pool access for wheelchair users include transfer walls, transfer systems, and pool stairs.
Next time you plan to go on a vacation, make sure to get a hotel that everyone will enjoy. After all, you check in into a hotel to relax and make wonderful memories. For your wheelchair needs, contact us here at Yellow Scooters, or call us at 1-855-274-3363 and let your loved ones enjoy unrestricted mobility.