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    Quote Originally Posted by mrb View Post
    I appreciate the problem but from the opposite perspective. As a c3 quad I need a higher bed so my carers can wash, dress me and do bowels, it is back breaking for them bent over a low bed. As you found out you need clearance under the bed for a hoist which I always need. I travel for work and always contact the hotel for dimensions before setting off, you need to make sure that you speak directly with the hotel not any central reservation team, I had that once and ended up in a bed jacked up with reams of copier paper.

    I always rebook a good hotel, they will remember me and arrange the room as I want it. About to go back to one I use regularly and admin manager has already been in touch asking for any new requirements. I now rent a hospital bed and air mattress for a lot of my trips, not cheap but non of my travel is with 2 support workers to pay for so bed/mattress isn't that much of an additional cost plus we have a government funded scheme to help disabled work which covers costs incurred over being able bodied so I get some of it repaid. Still more than I would like to have to pay myself.
    Great idea to rent a hospital bed! Can you add how that gets worked out at the motel - do they handle all the set up, remove standard bed, etc.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by triumph View Post
    Great idea to rent a hospital bed! Can you add how that gets worked out at the motel - do they handle all the set up, remove standard bed, etc.?
    I book bed and mattress from a specialist rental company, provide hotel details and a contact, hotel staff talk directly to rental company usually copying me into emails. This morning I saw hotel confirm that the rooms I have for the 20th would be vacant from 19th so rental company can deliver and set up from 19th. Any problem and they usually resolve without me being aware. Only downer is min rental is 10 days and usually I only need 4 days. For the ease it gives for my support staff it is worth it and it is about 30 minutes quicker getting me up. We can usually grab hotel breakfast and get me to work on time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrb View Post
    I appreciate the problem but from the opposite perspective. As a c3 quad I need a higher bed so my carers can wash, dress me and do bowels, it is back breaking for them bent over a low bed. As you found out you need clearance under the bed for a hoist which I always need. I travel for work and always contact the hotel for dimensions before setting off, you need to make sure that you speak directly with the hotel not any central reservation team, I had that once and ended up in a bed jacked up with reams of copier paper.

    I always rebook a good hotel, they will remember me and arrange the room as I want it. About to go back to one I use regularly and admin manager has already been in touch asking for any new requirements. I now rent a hospital bed and air mattress for a lot of my trips, not cheap but non of my travel is with 2 support workers to pay for so bed/mattress isn't that much of an additional cost plus we have a government funded scheme to help disabled work which covers costs incurred over being able bodied so I get some of it repaid. Still more than I would like to have to pay myself.
    I have had similar issues when traveling related to clearance under the bed for the lift. I've been fortunate recently that with enough notice to hotels, if they don't already have beds with clearance, they will often be willing to provide the necessary accommodations. I have often thought of renting a hospital bed, only because I like to drink a lot once I am in bed, and also sleep with my head slightly up. Have you ever run into hotels having issue with you renting a hospital bed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by landrover View Post
    I have had similar issues when traveling related to clearance under the bed for the lift. I've been fortunate recently that with enough notice to hotels, if they don't already have beds with clearance, they will often be willing to provide the necessary accommodations. I have often thought of renting a hospital bed, only because I like to drink a lot once I am in bed, and also sleep with my head slightly up. Have you ever run into hotels having issue with you renting a hospital bed?
    So far, no problem the only issue can be room size as I need a second bed for my wife. Because of the vent I have to have someone with me all night, not allowed to sleep by myself. My wife usually travels with me to save on support worker costs, if she doesn't the support worker usually can just sit in a chair in the room.

    Most hotels will provide bed raisers but I found out about the rental bed after booking a Holiday Inn, despite contacting before (see my earlier comments on dealing with hotel not central reservation) they didn't have raisers. Tried to get them to go to Crown Plaza 2 miles away but evidently their raisers hadn't been risk assessed for Holiday Inn beds! After a day spent arguing with them they provided the hospital bed FOC so a good result. I took the details of the company and have used them since then.

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    Thanks, MRB.

    Seems it might somehow be cost effective for some of the larger motels/hotels to purchase a hospital bed to have readily available in their storage arsenal. Perhaps there's a business tax deduction. Or, this might come under the heading of 'accommodation' in the Americans with Disabilities Act, in the USA.
    But I still like that you can rent one. Unfortunately you'll pay a premium if there's a minimum number of days for the rental and you only need half of that. Can't imagine many disabled travelers would want to incur such an expense for recreational travel, not connected to their work.

    An insane idea I have had is for actual hospitals to take up this issue. After all, many of them have out-patient/visitor/sleep study, etc. accommodations for people; perhaps expand on this concept with a place for disabled travelers who need a true "handicapped room" with a hospital bed in it.

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    A fellow PTer has some good advice for hotel beds: he just makes the hotel take the boxspring and mattress off the frame. He's never had anyone refuse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mize View Post
    A fellow PTer has some good advice for hotel beds: he just makes the hotel take the boxspring and mattress off the frame. He's never had anyone refuse.
    That may work for the height issue, but it does not resolve the inability to use a mechanical lift for transfers because you cannot get under a platform bed or a mattress/box spring on the floor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    That may work for the height issue, but it does not resolve the inability to use a mechanical lift for transfers because you cannot get under a platform bed or a mattress/box spring on the floor.

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    Absolutely. This route only helps for certain injury levels.
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  9. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by triumph View Post
    Thanks, MRB.

    Seems it might somehow be cost effective for some of the larger motels/hotels to purchase a hospital bed to have readily available in their storage arsenal. Perhaps there's a business tax deduction. Or, this might come under the heading of 'accommodation' in the Americans with Disabilities Act, in the USA.
    But I still like that you can rent one. Unfortunately you'll pay a premium if there's a minimum number of days for the rental and you only need half of that. Can't imagine many disabled travelers would want to incur such an expense for recreational travel, not connected to their work.

    An insane idea I have had is for actual hospitals to take up this issue. After all, many of them have out-patient/visitor/sleep study, etc. accommodations for people; perhaps expand on this concept with a place for disabled travelers who need a true "handicapped room" with a hospital bed in it.
    I'd like to see hotels buy hospital beds even if it meant me taking my own air mattress. Can't see it happening though I only know of a handful that have installed ceiling track hoists! I just accept that my travel is expensive, didn't get any payout after my accident so I self fund but TBH the unused days of bed/mattress rental aren't a big cost in the total of support workers, rooms for them, food, etc.

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