Sunday, 16 October 2016

Holidaying with a Disabled Person


Even though this post is pre-written because I've been away this week, I thought it would be an apt time to post it because I've just been away with my disabled sister. I have so many ideas in my head of posts I want to write about having a disabled sibling because I think it's a topic seldom covered, but I can't quite seem to coherently write them down! This is one I found easier to write and I wanted to write a little about things you need to consider when holidaying with a disabled person because I thought it could actually be a pretty useful topic to cover.

Accessibility | So obviously this is the big one. You have to let the airline (or any other transport) know about your wheelchair, you need to check that your accommodation is accessible and also that any kind of transport you'll be using while you're there is accessible too. Even if you do all of these things, still be prepared for unwelcome surprises. A few years ago we went to Rome as a family, which we booked through a travel agent so she could make doubly sure everything would be accessible. When we got to our hotel I took my sister up in the (extremely small) lift and when we got to our floor we couldn't actually get out because there was a flight of stairs in the way with no room to get a wheelchair round the side. LOL. Cue us carrying her and her wheelchair separately every time we came to and from the hotel. These things are pretty funny when you look back on them though and we have a few pretty good holiday stories.

Healthcare | Something my mum has always thought about when we've been going away is the possibility that my sister might need healthcare while we're away. Things like knowing where the nearest hospital is and having good travel insurance are important. My mum also writes a statement about Bethany's conditions and has it translated so that if she ever does need treating it's an easy way for the paramedics/doctors to learn about her. And yes we have made use of it unfortunately!

Things to do | This kind of ties in with accessibility. Obviously whatever you're planning on doing needs to be checked to see if it's a suitable activity/place to visit with a wheelchair. Sometimes you do just have to chance it because it can be tricky finding out and these days places are usually pretty good at having access. It's also very worth your while checking prices for wheelchair users - quite often either they or a carer will get in places for free.

Hopefully this post wasn't too boring and I hope some people find it helpful if you're ever travelling with someone disabled.

Amy x
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  1. Aw that photo of you and your sister is adorable :)! I work with disabled people and it's so nice when siblings visit us too and tell us their stories, so this post was lovely.

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    1. Thank you it's one of my favourites :) I had no idea you worked with disabled people! That must be such a rewarding job :) xx

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  2. This was a such a great topic and not enough people cover it so I'm glad your post is out there :) That picture is adorable!

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    1. Thanks, I love that picture :) I love writing about it so will hopefully cover it more in the future xx

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  3. That is a really sweet picture of you two. I can see the care you take for your sis through this picture. And this post is such a meaningful post. Keep it up honey :)

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    1. Thanks so much Eva, that comment really means a lot :) xx

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  4. I'd love to see more posts like this - you're right, we don't hear very often what it's like for someone in the family to have a disability. Organising a holiday is hard enough without having to worry about whether you or someone with you will be able to get around! There's obviously still a bit to do to make things easier. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. I'm so glad you'd love to see more :) It is quite stressful but luckily things are getting easier :) xx

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  5. Great post Amy! You're right, this is a topic seldom covered and in fact I believe disability should be spoken about more as it's (wrongly) seen as a bit of a taboo subject. There are so many more things to take into consideration when going on holiday but in general I find airlines to be very helpful when it comes to access x

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    1. Thanks so much Josie, I totally agree it needs to be spoken about more often! Airlines have always been really helpful when we've travelled on them so that is really great! xx

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  6. That's such an important post, telling us about your family and also to everyone - I could picture you and your family at the hotel, with the small lift, and finding stairs after that. And your mother does it so right, writing all your sister needs, in case of a problem happens. It's really important! I like to read personal posts, it makes all more real :) Hope you have a very nice week!
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    1. Thanks so much Denise, this comment means so much! I'm glad you liked the post, I like reading more personal ones too :) Hope you're having a good week so far xx

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  7. What a beautiful photo and great tips for anyone travelling for the first time with a disabled person. Hope you are having a lovely holiday. Gemma x
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    1. Thank you Gemma! I'm glad you think they're useful and it's one of my favourite photos :) xx

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  8. Though I don't personally know anyone with a disability, this is very useful!

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    1. I'm glad this is useful for you, that's why I wrote it :) xx

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