This letter was emailed to wheelchairtraveling.com and asked to share with the rest of the wheelchair traveling community. There is a big difference between what a person needs if using a manual and electric wheelchair. Here’s what one traveler has come up with that is the perfect room for those in power chairs.
To whom this may concern,
I wanted to pass along information that most management/owners of hotel/motels do not know or understand about the word HANDICAP.
Most hotel/motels go by State rules that cover the bare minimum.
A paraplegic is able to transfer from a wheelchair into bed or bath stool or another chair on their own. They are paralyzed from the waist down. This is what most State Laws cater to. A quadriplegic can NOT transfer on their own. They are paralyzed from the neck or chest down and need a Hoyer LIFT that their caretaker must operate to transfer them from/to their wheelchairs. A LIFT must be carried with them if they travel and stay overnight anywhere. It is very difficult to pull/push around on carpet.
The PERFECT room for a quadriplegic would be as follows:
1. No carpet on the floors. Tile as in bath is ideal as it’s hard to move a wheelchair and a LIFT around on carpet.
2. Roll-in bath large enough for both caretaker and the quadriplegic. A five foot by five foot is ideal for shower chair that must be traveled with.
3. Don’t need a lot of furniture in room. Need more room to move around in the wheelchair.
4. Bed MUST be on a regular frame ‘off the floor’ so the legs on a LIFT can go under the bed.
5. This PERFECT ROOM will be on the ground floor so as to exit in case of fire or other problems that might occur.