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    My family wants to take a trip somewhere/anywhere, but I always decline in fear that I wont be really confortable and wont have any enjoyment because of this. We have taken small week-end trips to surrounding cities. I'm always miserable on these trips because beds are uncomfy and I cant shower.(I dont feel clean w/ bed baths)I'm starting to feel really bad because I feel like I'm holding everyone's enjoyment in my hand. So,Can anyone refer me to a few good travel agencies that provide fairly decent accessible places. my main concerns are accessible hotel, w/ roll-in shower, and accessible vehicle rentals? Thanx so much, James

    To be or not to be....IS THAT REALLY THE QUESTION? (hmmm)
    "People Will Forget What You've Said, They'll Forget What You've did, but They'll Never Forget How You Made Them Feel" -Maya Angelou

    If you are going to be flying, Wheelchair Getaways is a pretty reliable accessible vehicle rental company with wide distribution in the USA.

    Have you considered a cruise? Easy to do where you live, unpack once, reliable accessible cabins, food and entertainment provided, etc.

    We don't use a travel agent except to help book cruises. I like to contact hotels myself, using on-line resources, and speak directly to the manager about features of the hotel room. Since we use a travel lift and take our own travel shower/commode chair, we need a roll-in shower if we stay more than 1-2 nights, and also need a non-platform bed. We also prefer non-smoking, and need 2 beds, which is hard to find in an accessible room.

    I would recommend getting to know the on-line disability travel sites that give you information and resources for various locations. This gives you a starting point and allows you to narrow your search.

    Here are some good resources:

    Part of travel is adventure, trying new things, and yes, taking some risks. Your comfy home bed is nice, but sometimes to see the world you need to try out something different. A mattress overlay (foam or air filled) can make a hotel bed more comfortable even if not adjustable, and can decrease your risks for pressure ulcers too. Getting a modified travel routine for your care also is a challenge, but well worth the effort when you can get the benefits of seeing new sights, meeting new people, and taking a break from the same-old-same-old at home.

    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.


      Hey James. I'm C5/6 and travel frequently. You can do it, and you don't have to be uncomfortable! It's mostly a matter of planning. Here are some tips:

      1) Purchase a shower/commode chair designed for travel. I use a Quantum. It folds easily with no tools and is carried in its own bag. This chair has made a huge difference for me. Do a search in this forum to find other travel chairs.

      2) If you are driving, consider taking an eggcrate mattress overlay with you. This doesn't do anything for pressure relief, but it helps to make hotel beds more comfortable. If I'm going on a long vacation via plane, I carry one in a duffle bag and just leave it at my destination.

      I love planning trips. Let me know how I can help you!


        Cruise freak here too!! Just make sure the ship is new and try for docked ports not tendered to first. [img]/forum/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] Our next one is a flight to London from BWI then Dover and the ship. Onto an amazingly all docked stops of Amsterdam, Zeebrugge (Brussels), LeHarve (Paris, Roeun) and Cork, Ireland then across the Atlantic to Halifax, Nova Scotia and then, sigh, deembarkation at Cape Liberty, NJ. Oh well, it's in September and the best part of the end of a cruise is planning the next!

        Nearer to you, the Hampton Inn Resort in Pensacola Beach is really great. Roll in shower with flip down bench, large bathroom overall, friendly staff who will bring the lobby continental breakfast to you if you but ask; access to the sunny patio area with 2 pools and a Tiki Bar. No lift into the pools when I was there but if you go call ahead and ask. I did see stainless stteel mounting covers in 2 places and that looked like advance planning on their part. Getting to nearby bars and restaurants is an easy roll away. Very accesible area.

        Oh, and for all hotels, don't just say you want a handicapped accessible rooom and a handicap accessible bathroom. Many hotels have accessible bathrooms and accessible bathrooms WITH roll in showers. Just make sure you and the hotel are clear on what you consider a roll in shower.

        Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."
        Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

        Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.