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This Week's Carenote - 11/19/13


We had our first experience last weekend with a hotel “handicapped” room.  They gave us a room with a roll in shower. The flat portion of the shower floor was only 14” wide, then a down ramp of a couple inches and a small drain.  There was another small drain on the bathroom floor, which was necessary because that is where much of the shower water went.  There was a bench in the shower. My husband (recovering from a stroke) is able to stand and shower, but his balance is not good enough for the narrow shower floor. The wet bathroom floor was “an accident waiting to happen.”  We decided to forgo his shower that morning.  Also, the chair in the bedroom was too low; he couldn’t  rise from it without help. Are all “handicapped” hotel rooms that way? We need to know what to look forward to in the future.



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Name: Steadybubble
Location: SE Georgia
Date: 11/20/2013
Time: 02:37 PM


Let's not neglect commodes that need to be higher than normally found almost everywhere. This includes handicapped facilities such as hospitals, restaurants. I carry around an attachment to raise the height but my wife won't let me carry it into a lot of places for her. Can't blame her even though it's in a dark bag. At least it's in the van. Need more unisex facilities.

Date: 11/20/2013
Time: 08:43 AM


Handicap for one person doesn't mean it will do for another ... if possible, I always check things out first ... there are too many needs of different types of handicap and most probably are just the basics to pass the ADA law requirements.

Name: Geri Meyer
Location: Fort Myers, Florida
Date: 11/20/2013
Time: 06:09 AM


That happened to me on a trip I took with my family. The door as you entered the handicapped room opened inward. And, the bathroom door opened outward. So, you had two doors practically colliding together. You had to squeeze through to even get into the room. We reported it to the front desk and took a regular room.

Name: Gloria
Location: Tampa
Date: 11/19/2013
Time: 05:10 PM


My husband was wheelchair bound and we had really good accommodations at La Quinta Motels. The showers were very large roll in and with a bench that I could transfer him onto. As to the drain in the bathroom floor it's self, I would put extra towels at the shower entrance and that would take care of any extra shower water. They also had bars to hold on to not only in the shower but also the walls of the bathroom. I cannot answer to the chairs, he sat in his wheelchair. Perhaps a walker would help your husband get up from a chair. Congratulations for taking trips. My husband loved to travel and his last years were better for it.

Name: peggy
Location: iowa
Date: 11/19/2013
Time: 03:43 PM


No, not all handicapped bathrooms are that way. Some are worse, but many are better. We had a room in which the roll-in shower was large enough for a manual wheelchair. It varies from one motel to another. My husband is no longer able to transfer, so we take our lift and rolling shower chair with us when we travel.

Name: Linda
Location: Colorado
Date: 11/19/2013
Time: 03:04 PM


We also had problems with "handicapped" rooms. Yes they met the requirements of a handicapped room, ie grab bars, wheelchair accessible etc. However the grab bars were useless. In each room one bar was behind the toilet. The toilets were to low for my husband to get up from and the showers only had shower benches in the tub. I think that the disability act needs to be updated.

Name: Marihelen Pitts-Campbell
Location: Brookings, OR
Date: 11/19/2013
Time: 11:55 AM


When looking for m/hotel rooms for the elderly/handicapped, I suggest asking about the toilet height, chairs height, room to maneuver around the bathroom/shower area & whole living area, & the ease of operating drawers & armoires (there was one where the magnet was so strong, even I couldn't open it, let alone my elderly mom). I'm not even including problem areas for wheelchairs, since that was not an issue. I'm sure there are more things to consider. I have communicated with m/hotels about these needs & usually find them quick to answer my questions, but haven't traveled very much. Don't hesitate to ask. Remember, YOU are a Fearless Caregiver!

Name: Joy Fox
Location: Victoria BC Canada
Date: 11/19/2013
Time: 11:38 AM


We also had a recent experience with two so called handicapped rooms. The first one had a very tiny shower only big enough for a tiny person and almost impossible for me to help my husband shower - he has Parkinson's and cannot stand alone. There was a ridge at the door which caught on the wheelchair going in and out. The second hotel room which was described as accessible was worse if anything. It had a huge shower it no seat or bars to hold on to. I had to physically support my husband in the shower and as I am small this was no small feat. The toilet in this so called accessible room had no safety bars and was so low I had to slowly get my husband on the toilet and lift him off again. It was very difficult and exhausting. I had made 4 calls to the hotel ahead of time to make sure we had an accessible room and that was their idea of accessible. It wasn't at all. I do believe when a hotel advertises accessible rooms they should be just that and many are not.



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