More and more people with disabilities are taking disability for moving independently. To cater to these needs, many hotels have come up with rooms and other access facilities to support them. However even with these modifications there are still some common issues faced by these peopl
Bed problems: this is considered one of the most common problems. Even when there are rooms with roll in showers and handicap bathroom equipment, there are chances that the room comes with only one large bed. This becomes a problem because most handicapped people travel with a care giver or a friend and would like to share to room but not the bed. This can be easily solved with a room separator or a separate beds being included when it comes to all access rooms. However some hotels refuse to provide separate beds which can be very tiresome.
Booked space given to another: most often when travel after pre-booking rooms and such however the inconvenient truth about online booking systems can mean that error can occur and they can actually give your room to another guest. Now when you arrive at your destination and find that your pre booked room is not available, it can be really frustrating especially when they can’t provide you alternatives with similar facilities. In such situations the best option is to demand they provide you the service in anther facility.
Flimsy tools: another issue commonly faced is having a very old or good wall mounted change table or shower seats. These can be dangerous and very inconvenient to use. So speak to the management and ask them to replace these as soon as possible. Alternatively you can carry your shower wand which can be used near the sink, which is not convenient but it is better going without a shower. Flooding: most hotels though they provide roll in showers that space provided and the drainage systems are not adequate. So most often you will end up with a flooded situation after a shower. Therefore make sure to ask for lots of extra towels.
Bed too high: most often the furnishings in the room are not all that friendly towards disable people. One common problem people complain about is having a bed that is too high to reach off a wheel chair. And some beds do not support hoyer lifts because part of the machine needs to slide under the bed to give the required lift. When there is no space under the bed, this can be a problem. In such situations always report the issues to the management and request for assistance.
These are some of the most common problems faced by disabled people in their travels. This write-up hopes to highlight them and may be help in your next travel as well.