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Holidays for People with Arthritis

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DisabledHolidays.com can give you help and advice when booking a holiday if you have arthritis. If you have a destination in mind, we'll be able to advise on its suitability for you. Alternatively if you don't have anywhere in mind, we'll use our knowledge and expertise to find your perfect holiday. Each and every customer has different requirements, therefore we would like to speak to you to discuss further.

We will ensure you are happy with every detail of your holiday from your first initial call until you return home.

 

FAQs

Can you find accommodation in an accessible location?

Yes - we understand that your accommodation location is very important. We can book somewhere where the terrain surrounding the accommodation is not difficult and ensure that you can access the main doors of the accommodation without any obstacles. We also realise that you might prefer to stay close to the shops, public transport, accessible attractions and perhaps a hydrotherapy centre.

Can you arrange accessible accommodation?

Yes - we will always listen to your specific accessibility requirements and ensure that these are in place before we book your ideal holiday. Here are some adaptations we could organise:

  • Wheelchair accessible lift to all floors
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Step-free access to all public areas, including the pool
  • Specific bed on request e.g. electric bed
  • Accessible wet room
  • Grab rails, shower stools, hoist
  • Raised toilet seat
  • Adapted kitchens, bathrooms and wide hallways
  • Any other mobility equipment you might require - please request any further specific adaptations e.g. lever taps, baths, lowered baths, bath boards, shower trolley   

Can you arrange assistance at the airport?

Yes - airport assistance can be pre-booked and arranged free of charge through ourselves. We can arrange for someone to help you from your taxi at the airport, at the check-in desk to assist you with checking in your bags, escorting you to the aircraft and helping you to board the aircraft. If needed, we can also arrange hoists and lifts on and off the plane. 

Can you find the best accessible days out?

Yes - we can plan the accessibility of your chosen holiday destination before you book with us. If there is something in particular you would like to do on holiday, for example a day trip out or visiting the nearest accessible beach, we can arrange this for you prior to travel.

What is the best way to keep comfortable whilst travelling?

You might want to try a few different suitcases before you travel – there are a few that you can push rather than pull. It might also be worth taking an inflatable cushion to keep you comfy. We can book you a medical seat with extra leg-room for your flight and if your budget allows, you could upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class for extra comfort.

What medication might be needed?

Here are some suggestions of what you should consider before you travel:

  • Take additional medication with you in case of delays
  • You will need a doctor's note to carry medication
  • Consider whether you need to adjust your medication according to time differences- this is necessary if you are travelling to places that 2 hours different than UK time
  • Check whether you need any vaccinations
  • Make sure than any travel sickness tablets won't interact with medication you are already taking
  • Take your prescription with you in case you loose your medication
  • Before you book check that your accommodation has a fridge for medication storage if required
  • Write down essential contact numbers and phrases to ask for help in case treatment is needed
  • You might want to take some of your own mobility aids, for example key turners, kitchen utensils, easy grip cutlery and anything else you use at home

Can a wheelchair user cruise?

Yes – you can choose from a range of wheelchair adapted cabins including an ocean view cabin, balcony cabin or a suite. These all have wide access doors, lower placed sinks and units and hand rails. If you require any further equipment, such as a hoist or electric bed, we can arrange this for you. The cruise ships we will book you on will have plenty of exciting accessible leisure facilities and a huge choice of restaurants, so you don't need to worry about getting bored on days spent at sea!

You will of course want to make the most of your ports of call, so why not ask us to book you on some exciting wheelchair accessible excursions. There may be occasions where going ashore would be by tender. If you are confined to a wheelchair you may not be able to go ashore, but we can find you a cruise where the ports of call will be accessible.

Can a wheelchair user travel alone?

For those guests requiring the use of a wheelchair or scooter it is not a condition that you travel with a companion. However, although the crew are always very helpful, they are unable to assist you in moving around the vessel or in any personal day-to-day tasks. For this reason we would suggest you are accompanied by a personal assistant / travelling companion to provide these services.

I need help delivering my luggage and mobility aids to my accommodation - can you help me with this?

Yes - we highly recommend Luggage Mule who pick up your luggage/equipment from your home and deliver it straight to your accommodation. This will mean you don't need to have any stress of queuing and can have extra space in your car if you're travelling by car. When you arrive at your accommodation your luggage will be waiting for you.

What about travel insurance?

We would advise that you get travel insurance. We do recommend you try fish insurance who cover arthritis.

If you have any further questions on living well with arthritis, there is general information to be found on Arthritis Care UK website

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