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5 Ways to make an AirBnB Disabled and ElderlyFriendly
Travel is an escape for people from all walks of life, even disabled and old aged people, and no one has the right to take that away from them. Often it happens that people staying with someone with a disability, find themselves in a difficult spot, when it comes to even thinking about travelling.
Because, even in today’s world, it’s difficult to find Disabled and Elderly Friendly Hotels / Resorts / Vacation rentals / AirBnB’s !
However, if you were to scroll down, and go through this article, you would get to know 5 easy ways to make an AirBnB Disabled and Elderly Friendly, which can be shared with anyone who is planning on opening an AirBnB, or converting part of their house into an AirBnB.
First things first, there should be a clearly demarcated, designated parking space in the compound for handicap parking.
Second, care should be taken to make step – free access for the elderly and the disabled. This can be done in a variety of ways. By having Ramps with anti skid flooring and grab rails, for easy entry/exit from the building, and by either having a wide elevator inside the building, or if there are stairs, installing a new stairlift will do the trick, to provide access to above ground accommodation.
Third, the bedrooms should be spacious, and care should be taken to ensure a manoeuvring space of a minimum 100 – 150 cms on each side of the bed.
Fourth, the bathrooms should be installed with disabled friendly features, such as
Roll – in shower with chair
Fixed grab bars for toilet and shower
Handheld shower head
Last but not the least, all the switches, must be placed at a convenient height, and at easy to access spaces.
These 5 tips can also be used to make boutique hotels/resorts into a Disabled Friendly Property. Similarly, disabled travellers / people travelling with disabled people can look out for these 5 features in a hospitality property to make sure that its a Disabled Friendly AirBnB or a Disabled Friendly Hotel.
By the way, just for all your information, it was found that New York City, Barcelona , London , Sydney and Dubai are 5 of the most Disabled Friendly Holiday Destinations in the World. So, if you know anyone who has an AirBnB in these cities, or is planning on opening one, make sure to share this article with them, and in a way contributing, in making it easier for people with disability to Travel.
Also, if you have an unused property, or a few spare rooms to rent out, you might want to consider becoming an AirBnB Host and implement these things in your property to make it an Elderly and Disabled Friendly AirBnB.
Why, you may ask!
For starters, it can get you double the revenue, as compared to a renting it out in the traditional way. Also, it gives you the opportunity, to meet and interact with travellers from around the world.