I don’t know about you, but I am not a huge fan of the hassles that accompany traveling. I am always concerned about whether my hosts’ or my hotel’s showers are safe for me, or how I will step over the bathtub without a grab bar. Is the bathroom door wide enough in case I need a wheelchair to get through? What about when I walk on my knees – is it too weird for my hosts? What about what to pack or what to expect in airports?
Have you had a similar situation? If so, below are some suggestions and possible solutions that may help reduce your anxiety when you are invited to stay with family and friends during the upcoming holidays or just anytime.
First of all, don’t be afraid to speak to your relatives and friends openly about your concerns. You might be surprised at the solutions they may come up with. After all, you received the invitation because they care about you and want you to visit. Perhaps, they will offer you a room on the first floor or their master bath, which has a more accessible stall shower or bathtub.
Ask if they can pick up a shower chair for you at the local pharmacy or hardware store. These have become common items. The same goes for a toilet seat riser, if that will make your stay more comfortable.
Sit down and make a list of everything you’ll need to bring with you – from extra liners and Knit-Rite socks, to alcohol and skin creams and any tools for minor repairs.
Bring a folding wheelchair with you for shopping trips or sightseeing. If you don’t have one, think about renting one at your destination so you don’t get overly tired out.
The same goes for navigating airports. Airports are extremely busy at holiday times. So, take advantage of the help available and use wheelchair assistance to get through security lines and to your gate when you need to make connections. You might want to arrive ahead of the recommended time in case of any extra hurdles or “traffic jams.”
Most importantly, pack a smile and a good attitude. Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance; most people are very eager to help! Enjoy your family and friends and have a wonderful holiday.