Advice for those travelling with disabled family members

March 23, 2016 Off By Laura TMOT
When Elizabeth was ill, we decided that although travelling with her had its challenges we were going to fill her childhood with all the happiness and memories that a little girl should have.

We’re in the middle of planning our next trip and it got me thinking about how much easier travel has now got and how we used to have to accommodated her needs. How we coped when had wheelchairs, feeding equipment and so on to take everywhere with us? For so many parents across the country, this is still very much a reality. Whether it’s for your child or another family member, there are a lot of things you need to think about, so I’ve put together just a few tips that will hopefully help to make your next holiday run much smoother.

Look into your Accommodation and Facilities
Researching where you stay is absolutely vital when you’re travelling with disabled family members. On the one hand, you need to make sure that your rooms are in an accessible place, you can make use of resort facilities and there are rooms with disabled adaptations.
It’s always better to email people directly and make it absolutely clear what kinds of care you will need during your stay. If you’d like more information about what you should look for, click here.

Book Transport in Advance
It will make life a lot easier for you and your family if you know that any travelling is taken care of. On the one hand, if you’re using public transport, it relieves any anxieties you have. It could be about being held up or missing trains because of delays, but if staff are given plenty of notice about the kind of assistance you need, they’ll be able to move much quicker. On the other hand, you could hire a car adapted to disabled needs. You can have total peace of mind that your child will be safe and comfortable no matter where you’re headed.

Check What’s Available Locally
Whether you need emergency medication or a replacement wheelchair, it’s important to check out what services are available to you close to where you’re staying. This is why opting to stay in a large, well-established hotel is a good idea, as they’re more likely to have had previous disabled people stay with them. They will probably be able to recommend local restaurants or service providers to help make your stay more enjoyable.

There were so many things that I had never considered before and I am glad that I no longer have to take these things in to consideration but if there was one thing that it taught me it is that it can be hard but it was worth it to see these amazing smiles.