If you or a loved one suffer from limited mobility or a disability, that shouldn’t mean you have to stay at home. It is a proven fact that seeing, experiencing, and learning new things is good for our physical and mental wellbeing.
Remember, if you are a person with reduced mobility (PRM) you are entitled to certain levels of assistance by European law when you fly.
1. Research your holiday
No matter where you are staying, every person’s requirement’s are unique. If you need to hire any mobility aids ensure you arrange this before you go and check whether it is available on your requested dates, the cost and if it can be delivered to where you are staying.
- Questions to ask
Are there any wheelchair ramps, inside and out?
Are there any lifts?
Do you have specially adapted rooms/shower?
Are there Grab rails?
Are the bed and light switches at the correct height?
What is the flooring like?
Are there Braille and induction loops?
2. Map out your journey
From leaving home to arriving at your destination, note down all the potential challenges. Do exactly the same for your daily routine when you’re away, thus reducing the risk of unexpected challenges.
3. Travel Agencies and Airlines
Once you have researched your holiday and mapped our your journey, you can then ask all the necessary questions of your travel agency and airline.
- If you are visually impaired or deaf, inform the travel companies and airlines in advance. This is so staff can provide assistance especially if there is an emergency.
- If you require a special diet inform the airline when booking.
- Ask about getting to your transfer through the airport at your destination. This needs to be organised when you book so a vehicle can be arranged to be waiting for you at the airplane door if necessary.
- Each airline has a different policy regarding wheelchairs. The airline will need to know in advance and information can be found on airline’s websites.
- Some airlines allow you to keep your wheelchair with you until you board. However if they don’t then the airline must provide a suitable wheelchair for you. Don’t forget to photocopy your wheelchair instructions of how to dismantle and assemble your wheelchair
- Oxygen canisters – the majority of airlines need at least 7 days’ notice and there is usually a charge for carrying these.
- Most airport websites now contain a map. Make a note of where the toilets, reserved seating and relevant information desks are.
Tip: Don’t forget to compare different travel agencies and airlines
4. Doctor’s certificate
Remember, if you have a medical condition that may affect your suitability to fly, get a certificate from your doctor to show you are well enough to travel.
5. Car Rental for those with limited mobility or disability
Always pre-book your car through a reputable supplier. If you need a hands controlled car, this will need to be requested well in advance from the car hire company and confirmed to you.
If the thought of going on holiday with a loved one with limited mobility or a disability is just too daunting – did you know we can help? A Live- in Carer can accompany you on holiday to provide you and your loved one with extra support and also give you a well-deserved break whilst you’re away.