Posts Tagged ‘travel’

Accessible Holidays for Elderly & Disabled

Friday, July 28th, 2017 by morethan

Now that the summer holidays have officially begun is it time to get away for a last minute holiday.  However, we know that people with a physical or mental disability can find overseas travel or travel within the UK challenging. This guide is intended to provide disabled travellers and their companions with the information needed before and during travel to ensure a trouble-free trip.

Don’t forget that when contacting holiday providers, airlines, hotels etc, clearly state your needs and what assistance you require – just telling people you have a particular disability doesn’t mean that they will understand your needs, so we recommend that you clearly explain to them so they can help you.

Below is a list of specialist travel companies for those with limited mobility or accessibility requirement.

Enable Holidays

Enable Holidays is a specialist operator in limited mobility holidays. It audits the accessibility and grading the suitability of accommodation in the UK and abroad for people with mobility impairments.  In addition to providing holidays for disabled travellers, Enable also caters for the senior holiday market, slow walkers and people looking for an easier way to get around and enjoy their holiday.

Limitless Travel

Limitless Travel provides tours and packages for people with disabilities, and its run by people with disabilities, which means they really understand your requirements as a traveller. You can ask their specialist advisors to plan and book your holiday, tailor made to meet your needs and personal tastes: be it a romantic break in Paris or a group getaway in Spain.  Luxury coach trips to Scotland and Devon are on offer too, with fully accessible, luxury coaches and carers on hand to assist you too.

Richmond Retreats

Richmond Retreats have award winning retirement holiday sites in the Cotswolds and surrounding areas. Carers are on site 24/7. Reviews are excellent and well worth a read. Available activities are numerous catering for various degrees of disability including Spa treatments. An excellent choice for the elderly who have specialist needs.

Warner Leisure Hotels

Warner Leisure Hotels are well known for their short break holidays mainly in mansion style accommodation.  They do not offer care assistance but they have a number of rooms for disabled persons. Warners are well known for their live nightly live entertainment, high standard of food on a half board basis and offering a range of spa and leisure facilities.

Shearings

Shearings offer a range of escorted coach tours and breaks, and have a special helpdesk for guests with mobility restrictions or other impairments. Read more or call 01942 496 507.

The Holiday Homes Trust

The Holiday Homes Trust, is a registered national charity, which provides very reasonably priced self-catering holiday accommodation for any family whose quality of life is diminished by disability or infirmity. The holiday is for a whole family or group in which one or more persons suffer from a disability. The accommodation is mainly in suitable caravans and a smaller number of chalets.

Advantage Healthcare Group

Advantage Healthcare provide a Nurse, Healthcare Assistant or Support Worker to accompany you on holiday in the UK, to support you with your activities of daily living. See this article Advantage Care at Home.

Access Travel

Access Travel specialises in holidays for wheelchair bound and other disabled persons.

Disability Holidays Guide

Disability Holidays Guide serves as a guide to international holidays for those with disabilities.

Vision Hotels

Vision Hotels has hotels which cater principally for guests with vision impairment. However, the overall ethos of the hotels is advertised as one of caring and accessibility for all.

Disabled Holiday Information

Disabled Holiday Information is a charity which caters for the arrangement of holidays in hotels/bed and breakfast/self-catering nationwide for those with disabilities. It is largely run by those who themselves have disabilities.

Can Do Holidays

Can Do Holidays assists those with disabilities to find suitably adapted accommodation to meet their particular requirements.

Please visit our More Than Mobility website if you would like to stock up on mobility travel products before you leave to go away on holiday this summer. We have everything from foldaway travel wheelchairs to useful daily living aids and mobility travel products. Alternatively please do call us on 0800 046 3949 for more advice on what to take away with you.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Travelling Abroad With A Disability & Mobility Products To Make Travel Easier

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 by morethan

People with a physical or mental disability can find overseas travel challenging. This guide is to ensure disabled travellers and their companions receive correct information for travel this summer.

Book a holiday

Take into account considerations depending on your circumstances and disabilities:

  • Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that is appropriate to your needs
  • Research your destination and the facilities that are available, such as ease of access and transport options

Health and medication

Documentation

Anyone travelling within the European Economic Area or Switzerland should also get a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). You can apply for an EHIC online, by phone on 0845 606 2030 or at the Post Office.

Car use

If you intend to take or hire a car, the Blue Badge Scheme now operates throughout the EU. Adapted cars are now available for hire in many countries. Make sure you know the licence requirements, driving laws and driving conditions of the country you are visiting.

Useful travel links

At More Than Mobility we have some useful mobility products and aids that help make your journey that little bit easier:

Mobie Foldable Portable Mobility Scooter

The revolutionary Mobie portable mobility scooter is innovative and transforms from a small suitcase size product to a full size, usable, powerful mobility scooter in less than 5 seconds!  £1,895.00

Adjustable Walking Sticks

These adjustable folding walking sticks are quick and simple to use. By simple releasing the stick, it snaps open into a rigid aluminium support walking stick. Price £9.99

Travel Walker

This great height adjustable travel walker folds easily without any need for tools to half the size of a traditional walker. Each walker comes with a “Ready Set Go” Travel Bag that is excellent for storage and transportation. Price £48.00

TraveLite Travel Transit Wheelchair in a Bag

This portable, lightweight transit wheelchair is perfect to take away with you on holiday.  Packs away into a bag and ideal for holidays and days out. Price £110.00

Please visit our website for more travel mobility products we have a wide range available at www.morethanmobility.com.

Best Wishes

More than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Tips For Getting Out In The Countryside This Summer & Autumn

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 by morethan

For disabled people the countryside may seem daunting but Great Britain has some breath-taking scenery and some of the most fantastic countryside, from mountains and valleys to rolling hills and scenic coast. There are thousands of miles of public footpaths, bridleways, green lanes, trails and tracks and the UK disability discrimination legislation has gone a long way to help ensure that holiday accommodation owners provide access for wheelchair users and cater for other needs of disabled customers.

There are many types of holidays available for wheelchair users and people with disabilities. However, please bear in mind that it is important to check on the accommodation owner’s web site or contact them to ensure that the holiday accommodation meets your needs.

The Fieldfare Trust

The Fieldfare Trust works with people with disabilities and countryside managers to improve access to the countryside for everyone. Fieldfare have recently created a new website www.phototrails.org.

Phototrails is an innovative concept that allows users to view countryside routes through a series of photographs and descriptions of the path features, taking in surface, path width, gradients, barriers and amenities such as seats, disabled parking, and accessible toilets, all of which, to some, is important information to know before making the decision on whether to visit a site or not. It is hoped that the website will be particularly useful to people with disabilities and will allow disabled people make up their own mind if a trail is accessible to them by using the information provided.

Camping

You might want to pick a campsite with jumbo tent pitches, camping pods or tipis, yurts or wigwams instead of normal-sized non-wheelchair friendly tents, or with caravans for hire, or alternatively one with facilities on-site such as an indoor swimming pool or an on-site restaurant/cafe.

Once you’ve found a campsite you like the look of, call or email them to double-check the facilities, and be as specific as possible about what you need. Most campsite owners who list their site as disabled access do mean well and don’t realise it might not be fully accessible in all areas – a bar or clubhouse could have a bar downstairs but the evening entertainment might be on an upper floor, for example, or a set of steep steps mightn’t have a handrail. You might also want to check specific things related to what you want to do on the site once you’re there, such as being able to get in and out of the pool or being able to get down to the lakes for fishing if you’re using your wheelchair. Also check bathroom facilities if you need help with showering, such as confirming that the disabled access bathroom is big enough for two people, or that there’s a bath if you can’t stand up in the shower.

Major festivals such as Glastonbury or V Festival are also a good bet for camping if you’re using a wheelchair or have another disability, as they’re more than likely to have disabled access than the smaller festival. You get to rock out as well, which is always an advantage!

More Than Mobility have mobility products tailored to make your travelling life easier. The TraveLite Travel Transit Wheelchair in a Bag folds up and is perfect for taking away on holiday.  Check out some of our other travel products here.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

New Travel Guide for Disabled People Launched

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by morethan

Have you ever wanted to travel abroad, but have always been afraid to do so because of your limited mobility? A new FREE travel guide for disabled people has been launched by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The new travel guide is aimed at making journeys from the UK and Europe by air as smooth and stress free as possible for disabled people. The travel guide includes what services disabled people, individuals with reduced mobility and their families can expect from airlines, travel companies and airports.

Here at More Than Mobility we believe everyone should know their rights. This guide will provide you with information on what travel organisations are legally obliged to provide you or a loved one.

The guide contains 15 top tips for a smooth journey, covering areas such as assistance dogs, accessibility, getting mobility and other essential equipment on board, and seating arrangements. The guide will be distributed throughout airports, travel companies and organisations working with disabled people, the free step by step guide can also be downloaded from the Commission’s website.

Lord Chris Holmes, disability commissioner at the Equality and Human Rights Commission said: “Dignity and respect are values we all share, yet too many disabled travellers experience the opposite.

Happy travels!

More Than Mobility
www.morethanmobility.com