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Thread: The new trend in hotel bed height

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    We used to go to Atlantic City all the time but the Trop has made really bad changes. First they changed the only elevater from on open marble floor to a carpeted opening into the crowded casino. Now they changed all the beds to really high ones. I asked why they changed them in the handicap rooms and they said they are to specs. I took a picture of me on the bed and me feet hung off about a foot off the floor. I weigh 125lbs and had to throw my husband on to the bed.

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    Each time I book a hotel I get a hold of the housekeeping manager or the maintenance manager. I let them know that I need the bed at 19" or close to it.
    In one hotel in Vancouver BC they actually removed the frame from the bed and put wood blocks under the - now to low bed - to raise it up to the 19". I was going to be there for a week so I guess they figured it was worth the effort.
    On the way there I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express and basically had to throw myself up the sliding board and on to the bed. Getting off was a little scary.
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    Here is a trick that might help some. When there is some difference between the bed and your chair, move your chair so it is facing the side of the bed. Carefully slide the sliding board under you so it is facing out directly in front of you. It will be sticking out between your legs, so be VERY careful if you have a foley or condom cath. scooch your chair closer to the bed so it makes a bridge between your chair and the bed. Have your attendant, or significant other lift your legs onto the bed. Your legs will be out somewhat in front of you on the bed. Now carefully scooch yourself onto the bed with your hands, kind of butwalking up the board. Be sure you have someone with their hand on your back to help balance you. This helps for those with fairly good trunk stability and strong arms, and good balance. If the bed is to high it won't work, but if there is some difference it can work. I would not do it this way without someone to help, and to spot you. I hope this helps. Sometimes this can be done without a board if you have really good upper body strength.
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    The hotels i've dealt with remove the boxsprings for us. then its easy
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    I agree with Hampton Inns. I stayed at one a week or so ago in Iowa and the bed was way high. But I was able to transfer, being a para, but it was more difficult than usual for sure.

    Also, they didn't even have a shower bench. I talked to the manager, she said the other handicap room had a roll-in shower, but it was rented. I said then why do you call this room a handicap room when you don't even have a shower bench? She said because the bathroom is large and there are rails around the toilet. It was late at night and I was worn out, the room was reserved, so I just stayed there and skipped a shower the next day.

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    I have also noticed this trend. I keep telling myself I need to get a sliding board for when I travel because the beds are getting too high and it's usually a struggle to get into/out of bed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjean423
    .. SJean .. "My hubby had to basically throw me in bed on a recent trip. "
    Ooooooo ... Hey ya gotta like this kinda fun! William

    P.S. Couldn't resist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CiscoNJenn
    I weigh 125lbs and had to throw my husband on to the bed.
    Jenn ... this seems to be some kind of wild sex trend! William

    P.S. Not accepting the change in height of beds, just hope you smiled!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amarillogal
    I have also noticed this trend. I keep telling myself I need to get a sliding board for when I travel because the beds are getting too high and it's usually a struggle to get into/out of bed.
    It's a total bummer. For years, I endured handicapped bathrooms that made me completely dependent on my husband for toliet needs. I usually skipped showers and did wipe downs.

    Now, I'm independent as hell getting out of bed in the morning in motels. No need to wait for help using the bathroom, or shower! I'm free.

    But, just as suddenly, I can't hop into bed anymore. WTH?

    Last March, my husband & I took a trip back east. We tracked down a DME dealer and I bought a sliding board the second day out. (It still wasn't easy.) I hate having to go to bed before he relaxes, or falls asleep.

    Which independence do I prefer over the other? I don't think both is too much to ask for at this point.

    Do we know anyone disabled, or elderly, who likes this trend?
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    Even if we can manage the transfer we should all complain whenever we encounter one of these beds. We will be doing the next chair user a favor.

    I have had good luck with Microtel, a small chain that seems to specialize in complete accessibility.

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