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  1. #21
    Since I made my earlier post we had a nightmare on one hotel check in. We phoned what we thought was hotel direct number but actually their central reservations, requested bed raisers etc. Got to hotel after 4 hour journey to find no bed raisers! I suggested another hotel in sister group but their bed raisers hadn't been tested on this hotels bed. After hours trying to solve it they raised the bed on reams of copier paper! At least we could then get the hoist under it. Next day they wanted us out which we refused as no suitable rooms within a reasonable travelling distance and eventually they hired a profiling hospital bed and air mattress which was at their expense. We managed to get details of the company and now use them whenever I work away, in the UK we have a government dept which helps with the additional cost disability has for work, I apply to them, book bed (min rental 10 days) and claim the total cost of the bed which they reimburse. Considering the problems of the stupidly low bed height where it is impossible and unsafe for my support workers renting is so much better for everyone. I'm off in a few weeks to the Scottish Highlands and expected a huge delivery/collection charge but even that is reasonable.

  2. #22
    In the USA, the problem is much more often either platform beds (with no space for a lift underneath) and/or a bed surface that is too high, not too low. I have never seen a hotel in the USA that provides raisers for their beds, although we used to travel (road trips only) with our own. Once on a cruise we had a bed that would accommodate a lift, but was still too low on the bed surface, and we were able to resolve this by having our cabin steward add another mattress on top of the mattress in place. We don't have any provision for work-related travel costs such as you appear to have in the UK, and most of our travel was not work related anyway.

    (KLD)

  3. #23
    The problem with disability is that we are all individual and you can't set a standard bed height which suits everyone. We have found quite a few beds that we can't get the hoist under, without raisers I'd be stuck. Even when raised it can cause problems as the hoist has limited range and too high and I can't get on it. 2015 we were flooded and moved to temporary accommodation but no shower, a local hotel let me get showered in their disabled rooms and we hit that problem there, my support workers were having to try and lift me the final few inches. No easy solution

    I do almost all my travelling for work, fortunately have a job that was my hobby so have an element of personal use in it. I couldn't afford to go on vacation and pay my support workers costs of accommodation and food. 3 people, 1 for waking nights 2 for days/getting me up, back on bed at 5pm for a couple of hours pressure relief then up again for dinner. Another unseen cost of disability.

    We are lucky to get that assistance but it is gradually being cut, when we bankrupt ourselves with Brexit it will probably go.

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