This relates to the regulations and standards set by Document M from the UK government. A selection of grab bars and fold-down toilet grab rails should be installed to offer guests more support when standing or manoeuvring themselves.
Shower commode chairs enable the user to have a shower or use the toilet easily, and are extremely helpful for moving from bedroom to ensuite.
This would allow more disabled people to travel around the country and abroad, staying in hotels, not worrying about the lack of facilities that are available to them whilst there. This will allow those disabled individuals to have the same independence and freedom as everyone else.
AllGo is a unique, universal approach to hotel room design that will deliver personalised, accessible hotel rooms across the world, removing the barriers to travel and creating truly inclusive environments for guests. Each room can be adapted to the needs of the user through integrated and flexible design features that can be modified before the arrival of a guest. Further information on the design concept can be found at www.all-go.co.uk.
Established in 2016, AllGo is a design collaboration between Ryder Architecture and Motionspot to create and provide personalised, accessible hotel rooms across the world for those with a range of disabilities.
Accessible Hotel rooms need to tick all the boxes to be registered and classed as actual Accessible Hotels. This is an easy way of making sure that these hotels will actually cater to the needs of the individual who choose to stay there. We have more detailed guidelines available to download, but here’s the gist.
A shower commode chair will be necessary for those guests with limited mobility and strength – particularly if they rely heavily on a carer. This can also be used as a wheelchair to move the individual from the bedroom to the bathroom if the venue has opted for a fixed straight hoist track.
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For an Accessible Hotel to actually be accessible, it needs to have certain equipment. By taking these steps, venues are making their facilities easier to use for the majority of disabled people and their carer(s).
Hotels are luxurious and comfortable, but why can’t they be like that for all users?
Individuals with significant mental and physical disabilities may find that their needs are not addressed in standard accessible hotel rooms. Although some hotels do offer basic disabled access, there are a range of other disabled people who find that they simply cannot stay in hotels because there is not sufficient enough equipment to help them move around and be comfortable.
The bedroom should have enough space to allow a wheelchair-user to move around with ease. There should be at least 1000mm space around the sides and foot of the bed to allow complete access as well as room to manoeuvre. There should also be a minimum of 1200mm by 1200mm space between the main doorway and the bed itself. The guest should also have a clear path to the window.
The Accessible Hotels Campaign is here to work for the disabled community in promoting change and ensuring that every individual can feel comfortable when going to stay in a hotel. Moving and accessing different features of a hotel room should no longer be an issue for people. The luxury of staying in a hotel should be felt by all.
If a hotel is looking for an ideal solution to make all their hotel rooms accessible as standard, then we’d highly recommend the AllGo concept. This has been developed by Motionspot, one of the UK’s leading accessible design specialists, and it aims to transform spaces and lives through beautifully designed, accessible bedrooms and bathrooms that deliver independence for anyone with a disability or in need of extra support. Motionspot was recently awarded the prestigious Celia Thomas International Design Award for their collaboration with Ryder Architecture to design this concept for the accessible hotel bedroom and bathroom of the future.
Like the bedroom, the ceiling needs to be able to sustain a hoist lifting 200kg if you’re wanting to install one. Again, it is possible to have a wall-mounted hoist system if the ceiling is not strong enough to facilitate weight this heavy. The bathroom walls should also be strong enough to support users putting weight on to grab rails and other equipment.
Plenty of space for wheelchair users is a must for Accessible Hotel bedrooms.
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Accessible Hotel bathrooms need plenty of space, and the level access shower is best positioned in the corner of the room to enable a wall-mounted shower seat to be used.
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As you can imagine, getting in and out of bed and such can be rather difficult for those with reduced strength and mobility. A hoisting system would make a hotel room truly accessible, whether it’s simply from the bed to the chair, or right through into the bathroom. There are different hoisting options for different structures and desires, but we suggest that a fixed track or a hidden hoist are the best options for hotel rooms and décor.
The bathroom should also have sufficient space for the guest to move around in if they are a wheelchair-user. The layout of the room should accommodate a clear turning circle of 1500mm, and the bathroom door should open outwards into the bedroom.
We’ve included a list of what equipment is required in our Design Layout and Equipment Guidelines download, but here’s a brief overview of what you should find in an Accessible Hotel room.
Roughly 5.7% of the people in Britain suffer from limiting long term illness, impairment, or disability. That means that at least 1 in 20 people need extra help to move around and complete simple tasks.
The Accessible Hotel campaign wants these individuals to have the freedom to stay in hotels without having to worry about there being substandard facilities and equipment for them to use.
The toilet flush controls are best positioned towards the front of the cistern on the side that is most easily accessed. The handle should also be easy-to-grip. The toilet seat itself should also sit around 400mm from the floor. The sink needs to be wall-mounted at 770-850mm from the floor to allow room below the basin for wheelchair users.
If installing a level access shower, it needs to be positioned in the corner of the room so that a shower stool can be installed on the wall. The controls should be on the adjacent wall, and again they must be easy to grip and use.
We want there to be more Accessible Hotels all around the UK and beyond.
Doc M packs include a range of grab rails and accessories to offer the user support. There are numerous options available these days, including some very classy ones!
Accessible Hotels should be provided alongside standard accessible hotel rooms.
Hotels feel like luxury. The feeling of being in a different place, getting to try a different bed and maybe even a better shower than the one you’ve got at home; the excitement to check in and see what your room is like…
Any plug socket in the room must be installed at the ideal height for a wheelchair-user. The switches for these sockets should be easy to get to and accessible to those with limited reach.
For the disabled community, finding and staying in a hotel can often be a daunting task. It’s not a simple case of having a softer mattress, plumped up pillows and better water pressure, it’s the simple task of moving around from one space to another. It’s knowing that you can get up on to the bed, knowing that the sink won’t be too high for you to wash your hands, and knowing that if you get in the bath you’ll be able to get back out again.
A hoist tracking system can be inset into the ceiling for aesthetics. Alternatively, there is a hoist called the Integralift which is hidden away in a fitted cupboard when not in use – see www.innovacareconcepts.com for more information.
If you’re wanting to install a ceiling track hoist in the room, then the ceiling itself should be strong enough to support the hoist lifting up to 200kg in weight. If the ceiling simply cannot accommodate this weight, then there is the option of mounting the hoist system to the wall, whether it’s tracking or an Integralift. Light switches must be conveniently located, and door handles and locks need to be easily gripped at a height of 850-1000mm from the ground.