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August 5 2012 1 05 /08 /August /2012 18:16

I've been really busy with working on Connect Culture Assess 4 Access Project, we've just delivered the guides and the last of the awards to the restaurants who couldn't quite make it to the launch.

 

While I have been doing that I have also been researching and stocking up on items which are of use to the car traveller. This is the holiday season and many peple are setting off on their trips! I know when I last went away - I did not take my power chair with me but took my self propelled chair with me. The reason is that there were very few accessible vehicles where I was going and I did not want to be stranded.

 

swivel.jpgIn preparation, I took a swivel seat so that I could manoevre myself easier in and out of the cars we would be using. This really help me get my legs to swivel out to transfer to my manual chair. I also took the handy bar with me but it was not that useful for me.

 

As a disabled person with mobility issues, one of the considerations is whether we can get to an accessible toilet when you re travelling. I took a uriwelluriwell with me - it is discreet in a backpag, it is always easier for a man! But This portable urinal is very flexible, bending so that it can be used from any position – standing, lying or sitting. Users can stay in their car, chair or bed in emergencies. I've known a friend (male) to do this under a blanket on a plane.

 

sure-grab.jpgI also would take a couple of the Buckingham Suregrab Grab Handle- is a must for anyone who needs that extra bit of steadying  particularly when bathing.

Most people's houses do not come adapted with grab rails and its just wise to bring your own aids along especially when bathrooms can be such treacherous places for accidents. Many customers have bought these for this purpose. I do say there are not replacements for properly fitted grab rails. However they can be a guide to where you want the permanent adaptations to be.

 

I would also take a shower seat with me ( it fits quite well into a suitcase when unpacked). That way I will not have to rely on getting a roll in shower when travelling - whether hotel room of friend's house.This fits well over the bath tub.

 

bathseat

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