For most people organising and booking a holiday in the UK or abroad is a simple case of finding the right location at the right price and the length of time they want the holiday and of course the desired property.
However when you have a disability, especially one that restricts your mobility such as a wheelchair user then a whole new set of rules kicks in, the first priority then has to be access into and around the property as well as accessible features such as an accessible WC/shower, travel to and from the property if it is a broad and many more other considerations that are often personal and bespoke to the disabled person’s needs.
This means that scouring the Internet for the best location and best deals is very rarely a feasible option, even if you find properties that state that they are “disabled friendly” you will often never be 100% sure until you arrive at the location. I speak from experience after being assured on many occasions that a holiday home is fully wheelchair accessible only to find that there are steps involved getting in and out and that internal facilities are only accessible if you are able to walk small distances etc.
Reduce the risk of a disaster
My advice is never trust anybody that tells you that their property is 100% wheelchair accessible, always make sure that you see images and don’t be afraid to ask for extra details if they are not immediately available, what one person considers as “wheelchair accessible accommodation” is often a far cry from what is truly accessible.
Thankfully I have come across a company that deals purely in accessible accommodation with locations throughout the UK as well as many exciting world locations, on their website you can not only see a vast selection of photographs but the detailed descriptions that tell you exactly what is and isn’t included, the levels of access offered and what facilities are included such as hoists, disabled WC’s and wet rooms.
Holidays that meet your disability needs
Each property description includes details of the adaptations available and also offers measurements such as door widths, toilet heights and much more all available at the click of a mouse. If you find that you need to know that little bit more you can always use the “contact owner” option to get more details.
Organising a holiday when you have a disability can be extremely stressful and because of this many disabled people simply choose not to take a holiday and that is extremely sad especially when there are dedicated companies out there such as Access at Last that fully understand your needs, the business was founded by a T7 paraplegic wheelchair user and they offer a great search facility to easily and quickly find the type of property that you are looking for such as bed and breakfast or that idyllic self-catering accessible holiday accommodation.
Check out their website for details of some of the exciting locations as well as last-minute offers and a very useful accessible travel blog written by people that fully understand your concerns and needs.
Don’t take chances with your holiday and end up regretting booking somewhere that is simply not able to cater for your exact needs, being disappointed that your holiday was not up to your expectations is one thing but arriving at a property and finding out that you simply can’t access it for your day-to-day needs is a complete disaster that in many cases can only be resolved by cutting short your holiday and returning home.