While your short term holiday property will likely not be able to cater to absolutely every single guest, it is still important to keep your differently abled guests in mind. Whether that means having a property that has wheelchair access, or investing in equipment that will make every guest feel more comfortable, there are a few things to consider when creating a space that is safe for those with disabilities.
Our guide to holiday rental safety offers some general tips on the areas that pose the most risk to all guests, from adults to children. But what about features that are designed with differently abled people in mind? Let’s take a look at the areas of a typical short term holiday property that pose the biggest challenge.
Essential Features for a Disabled Friendly Short Term Holiday Property
First things first, it is important to understand that disabled does not always mean helpless. This is why the term differently abled is so much more applicable. Whether dealing with a temporary injury such as broken arm or leg, or a lifelong illness that requires the use of a wheelchair, the biggest challenge for anyone travelling with special needs is finding somewhere that is safe and comfortable. Some of the things that you could consider for your short term holiday property include the following:
- Stairs. Even for someone with a relatively minor leg injury will battle if they have to climb stairs all the time. If you have smaller steps at your entrance, you could look at creating a smooth ramp instead, or a ramp alongside the steps. For larger steps within the property itself, you could consider changing to an elevator if space allows. Many high end villas use these, even for abled guests who have full use of their limbs. Wheelchair lifts are also an option to consider if you are aiming to be disabled friendly.
- Bathrooms. As anyone who has ever been in a wheelchair friendly bathroom knows, these bathrooms typically have enough space to move a wheelchair around. They also have supporting rails near the toilet, basins, bath and shower. Some also have extra large showers with seating offered. It is also a good idea to invest in non-slip flooring or mats to avoid slips.
- Guest Service. Above all else, it is vital that your guests are treated with dignity and respect – whether they are differently abled or not. To this end, investing in a comprehensive short term rental management that gives you the advantage of highly trained guest concierge staff will go a long way in making all of your guests feel welcome. Having a professionally managed property will help you establish your rental reputation as a property that is welcoming to every guest.
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