For an Accessible Hotel to actually be accessible, it needs to have certain equipment. By taking these steps, venues are making their facilities easier to use for the majority of disabled people and their carer(s).
We’ve included a list of what equipment is required in our Design Layout and Equipment Guidelines download, but here’s a brief overview of what you should find in an Accessible Hotel room.
A hoisting system
As you can imagine, getting in and out of bed and such can be rather difficult for those with reduced strength and mobility. A hoisting system would make a hotel room truly accessible, whether it’s simply from the bed to the chair, or right through into the bathroom. There are different hoisting options for different structures and desires, but we suggest that a fixed track or a hidden hoist are the best options for hotel rooms and décor.
A hoist tracking system can be inset into the ceiling for aesthetics. Alternatively, there is a hoist called the Integralift which is hidden away in a fitted cupboard when not in use - see www.innovacareconcepts.com for more information.
A shower commode chair
A shower commode chair will be necessary for those guests with limited mobility and strength – particularly if they rely heavily on a carer. This can also be used as a wheelchair to move the individual from the bedroom to the bathroom if the venue has opted for a fixed straight hoist track.
Shower commode chairs enable the user to have a shower or use the toilet easily, and are extremely helpful for moving from bedroom to ensuite.
A Doc M pack
This relates to the regulations and standards set by Document M from the UK government. A selection of grab bars and fold-down toilet grab rails should be installed to offer guests more support when standing or manoeuvring themselves.
Doc M packs include a range of grab rails and accessories to offer the user support. There are numerous options available these days, including some very classy ones!