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Are Your Hotels Wheelchair Accessible?

This is the time of the year where you want to take a little time away and take a little vacation for yourself if you are single, or for you and your family. Also if you are working for someone, you may have to take your paid vacation benefits so you don't lose them.

A vacation is healthy and a relief of stress which we all don't need. One thing that you really need to look into and check out as much as you could ahead of time, are the hotels that you need to book nearby where you want to go on your vacation, to see if they are wheelchair accessible.  Many of the hotels are covered by the grandfather laws where they are not wheelchair user friendly.

Unfortunatley there is nothing that is solid about the hotels being wheelchair user friendly. Doing research for this post, I found this link where some wheelchair users tested hotels and others, who stayed at them sent in some bad reports on these hotels.

Some of the ones who are saying that they are fully accessible and are catering to the wheelchair community are lying to get the sale. So where do you start to not have a hotel nightmare to ruin your trip?

Most complained the wheelchair accessible rooms where much higher prices then the regular hotel rooms. Some said the accessible rooms in some of the hotels where way in back of the building all the way up top. Others said that there room was too ugly so they got the regular room at a lower price.

Many of the accessible showers, did not have a shower chair in them. Some provided them upon requests.  One was reported with not having bars either. Another hotel was reported as having attractive accessible rooms that were easy to get to, with a roll in shower with everything in it that the users didn't mind paying more for. They said everything inside and out, was accessible about except for the restaurant where they had to eat breakfast in morning. There they had to go up and down 1-2 steps.

Then there were some hotels, who were fully wheelchair accessible, who were reported as having rood staff who didn't care about the community. With that said, everyone is entitled to a bad day. So how do you find the gold in the haystack here?

So that your vacation isn't a nightmare for how you were treated at the hotel, research these the links of the nearby hotels, on the internet. For the ones that were reported as being good all the way around, get their name and location. Then call your local travel agent. Have them get three signed references from wheelchair users who said that they were good. That's putting out your best to have a joyful stress free vacation that you want to remember when it's over.

Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers. If you like the post, please vote and comment.

Ref: Wheelchair accessible hotels.

 

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  1. Susan Keeping
    Susan Keeping
    Great post. I often worry before I go somewhere if it is truly wheelchair accessible because I can't climb stairs. I often check places like restaurants out on Google Earth just to see if I can even get in the front door.
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you. I don't like to see anyone have a bad time because their hotel experience was bad and or the staff truly did not have any respect for them. Then the same goes for restaurants and other places too being wheelchair accessible and the staff not being friendly.
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      1. Susan Keeping
        Susan Keeping
        Partly why I haven't been away for years. I never know what to expect. That and I don't currently have a credit card and the single supplement :)
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  2. Julie Sinclair
    Julie Sinclair
    This is very good. I enjoyed this blog so much. I have been thinking about this when I wrote the vacation ideas about traveling down the coast of California. I know that it is hard to find places with accessibility for handicapped people in wheelchairs. This one is hard and I am trying to let everyone know what are the best places to visit that you will have a good time in your wheelchair and not feel like you are stuck sitting on the road while others run off and have fun playing on the beach. Thank you for visiting my blog and hope to see you again soon Julie
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  3. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    @ Susan K. I understand that it is a lot to look into and be concerned about falling and liability. Always cover yourself. @ Julie thank you for voting. I will be putting some more out here.
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  4. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers here. Wishing all of a good day and blessings with your family.
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  5. Broken English
    Broken English
    Voted. Great blog.
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you Maggie.
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  6. Rolling STICKSandSTONES
    It is always good to check out reviews, people are usually honest, nothing to lose over the internet, this post had nothing to lose either it was great. Thank you for the references as well, hope Mothers Day was great. You might enjoy some of my blogs as well http://www.rollingwithoutlimits.com/view-post/Wheelchair-Innovation ( Great inventions) http://www.rollingwithoutlimits.com/view-post/You-Are-Superman ( Insight for children) http://www.rollingwithoutlimits.com/view-post/What-A-Chariot (Cutest animal alive)
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you for voting, Rolling. I'm going to check out yours.
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    2. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you for voting, Rolling. I'm going to check out yours.
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    3. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you for voting, Rolling. I'm going to check out yours.
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    4. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you for voting, Rolling. I'm going to check out yours.
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  7. sweedly
    sweedly
    I always have trouble with the tubs or showers that don't have handles to hold on too. I am always afraid of slipping or falling due to balance problems. Found this post to really bring out how some hotels say the things you need are there, but often what you receive is much less then what you need. Voted!
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    1. Rolling STICKSandSTONES
      This post was something special I hope that my posts are helpful as well, here's one perfect for you http://www.rollingwithoutlimits.com/view-post/Wheelchair-Innovation
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  8. Tara Richardson
    Tara Richardson
    Even if they say wheelchair accessible they don't always understand what that really means in the bathrooms which usually have serious flaws like the mirror's being too high or no shower chair and you're lucky if you can reach the hand held shower or turn on the water at all. I have only stayed in one or two places that were actually disability friendly. It's really hard to find.
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  9. Nonniebee
    Nonniebee
    "Many of the hotels are covered by the grandfather laws where they are not wheelchair user friendly."... Actually this statement is false. there is no grandfather clause when it comes to the ADA Title II. There is no "grandfather" clause in the ADA. However, the law is flexible. City governments must comply with Title II of the ADA, and must provide program access for people with disabilities to the whole range of city services and programs. In providing program access city governments are not required to take any action that would result in a fundamental alteration to the nature of the service, program, or activity in question or that would result in undue financial and administrative burdens. This determination can only be made by the head of the public entity or a designee and must be accompanied by a written statement of the reasons for reaching that conclusion. The determination that undue burden would result must be based on all resources available for use in a program. If an action would result in such an alteration or such burdens, a city government must take any other action that it can to ensure that people with disabilities receive the benefits and services of the program or activity. 28 C.F.R. § 35.150(a)(3). Most businesses claim they cannot make changes due to undue financial burden. What does it cost to build a small ramp to allow handicapable to enter, or remove the cabinets under sinks so we can use them. There are many small changes that can be made that would not put an owner "out of business". Honestly i think business owners figure it is not worth the effort to make things accessible.
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Nonniebee, I was joking there; not quoting the ADA laws. We say that they are protected by the grandfather laws, in the US, figuratively speaking in jest (tongue and cheek) are part of our everyday language. A little sense of humor is healthy...Yes, it's correct, the ADA terms it that way...My readers could have a little something to laugh with every once in a while as many of them are working very hard for their rights. At least they can enjoy some of the stuff they read.
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      1. Nonniebee
        Nonniebee
        So sorry ...I misunderstood. I have recently been a little riled over accessibility issues in my town. My worst experience was attending a 4 state Independent Living symposium in Casper, Wyoming. The motel we were booked at had only 2 accessible rooms. What a zoo! I was lucky since one of my friend got one of those rooms & I was able to share with her. I told management that I was not going to pay for a room I couldn't use. They agreed and didn't charge my friend for her room either.
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