Planning your Trip

The first you should do when planning a trip, is to find out if the hotel, airline or tour can accommodate wheelchairs, walkers or motorized scooters.

Many hotels have a loaner wheelchair for their guests. When I reserve a room at a Marriott chain hotel, I ask if they have wheelchair loaners or can arrange for a third party to rent me a chair. Also be sure the hotel has handicap guest rooms. Handicap rooms may be spacious with a king or twin beds, no sofa, but with space for a wheelchair. This is not standard.

Bathrooms must have grip bars next to the toilet and in the shower. However, there are two types of handicapped bathrooms. Some have bathtubs, some have roll-in showers. At the Marriott Courtyard I stayed in in New York City, I requested a roll in showIMG_1457er, which was equipped with a hand held shower head. I also requested a shower chair, since I can walk a few steps. The hotel staff were very accommodating.
Hint: I carry a suction grip bar in case the shower or bath tub does not have a grip bar. This can be purchased on line or in medical shops.

I also need a refrigerator to store my medication. If your hotel room is not equipped with one, you can request a portable refrigerator. Well established hotels will supply one.

My next blog will cover airlines.

New York City Guggenheim Museum.                    Upper East Side Apartment


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