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This is a blog for the physically challenged or bariatric individuals.  New things will be added as I am able.

Once you become physically challenged or morbidly obese (100 pounds overweight or with a BMI greater than 40) , you have to rethink every aspect of your life.  From how many steps into the dentist’s office; long lines, bathroom facilities, traveling with friends, size of theater seats, or if church is accessible, to name a few.  Most of the population, can’t appreciate the challenge we face, just getting ready for the day!  I have tried to tackle some of the most common problems we all face.  People of size basically have most of same problems, as those who are physically challenged.  You will notice that I will advise for those with minimal disability to those who are totally wheelchair dependent.  Within a year, I have gone through this entire spectrum of needs.  It is my desire, that you will take from this site, what pertains to you.  I also hope that you will share your experiences, so we can all benefit from them.

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I know that many questions arise among those who have read this blog. Why not try surgery for weight loss reduction?  It is an option for many people & is very sucessful!  But when weight is not the only issue, there are many complications both physically & emotionally. My health issues & age prevent me from considering it.  Good luck to those who have gone ahead with the procedure!!!!




It has become increasingly more difficult for me to lift or remove larger, heaver containers of food from the refrigerator or elsewhere.  My solution was small plastic bags, such as sandwich or snack bags for small portions of food.  I have an aide that comes a few hours a day.  One of his jobs is to downsize portions of food, so they can be easily removed from the refrigerator.  I can’t stand, so my rollator is placed by the frig.  I can open the door & easily remove my portion of food, such as a sandwich or bag of fresh fruit.  I recycled small old water bottles for tea, orange juice, etc.  I plan to do the same with dinner meals.  Into a qt. freezer bag, I will put a steak, hamburger, or breast of chicken, etc. with a portion of frozen vegetables & any starch that can be frozen.  This enables me to be self sufficient at dinnertime, if I am by myself.  There isn’t the dance of upsetting the freezer to find some thing on bottom, which can’t be accomplished by me.  Therefore, just pull bag out of the freezer & voila dinner is already to prepare!  Try to make simple meals that can be combined, when help is available.  I like to prepare chicken stock with the works for

Casserole, pie, dumplings or just plain soup.  I do this often, then I have homemade food ready to just microwave or heat up.  Or a crockpot of pork & sauerkraut!  Mashed potatoes can be thrown in bags & portions frozen.  Try to think ahead!  The more you can do yourself, the less sodium, fat, calories, you get from processed food.  I know!  It seems easier to depend on a frozen dinner!  But at our age the amount of sodium in them can kill us!  SO GET COOKING!

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Hospital/ Ambulance/ Rehab Suggestions
Posted on September 26, 2008 by alicehahn | Edit

A hospital is usually equipped with items for the larger individual. But I insisted on an air bed mattress, for on top of bed, due to back problems.  Instead of taking all my meds with me, I took labels off of old bottles.  I put them on a sheet of paper.  Easier for anytime, you need to show prescriptions use.

Ambulances are becoming more bariatric friendly.  Some are beginning to carry wider gurneys/ stretchers. BUT, if you need to call for one, their advice was to be sure to tell the dispatcher, that you are a large/ obese person.  My experience was 2 men having difficulty transporting me. Four people would have made the job easier.  No, SIRENS weren’t used.

Rehab/ Nursing home carried a few more challenges for people of size.  First, there wasn’t any bariatric equipment to accommodate me.  A heavier bed had to be specially ordered. I’m not sure whether, I will be billed separately for that item. I was expected to bring my own wheelchair, (luckily I already had a loaner), & a commode never arrived.  I understand that many such places are not equipped to handle someone over 200+ pounds.  For whatever reason, our world is becoming more occupied with heavier people.  They have needs, too.  This has to be addressed in many areas.

My memory is of a very large man, jammed into a wheelchair, half his size.  I commented to someone, that it had to be uncomfortable for him.  Reply was, that they only had one & it was occupied! So check out places before you need it.

Incidentally, the staff, care, food was Great!
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Posted on August 17, 2008 by alicehahn | Edit

Eating out
Be informed before you go into any restaurant.  Call first, if necessary to find out about handicap needs.  I looked for table close to the door, when I was still using a rollator. Or if frequent trips are needed for the bathroom, ask to be placed close to the facility.  If chairs are not adequate for you, ask for a chair without arms.  I use my rollator as my chair, when necessary.  Or if using wheelchair, make sure that you have enough space to navigate.  I’ve had a table which was adequate, when I was seated, but then more people were seated.   I found myself surrounded & couldn’t get out, when finished. Don’t be afraid to state your needs in a polite, but firm way!  The hostess & waiter are there to serve you!

If you are dieting, ask how food is prepared or portion size.  State your personal needs.  Ask for a box, to put a portion in, if given a lot to eat.  I love left-overs.  Good for another meal.

Fast food restaurants now have some leaner, greener choices.  Some may be hard to navigate with a scooter or wheelchair, if you are eating there.
Some restaurants may have a little step or two to get inside.  Often bathrooms are up or downstairs.
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If you are not totally dependent on mobility & have problems standing, sit on a high stool. I’ve done this: to prepare food, wash dishes, cook, clean floor with mop, bake, etc.  I also moved spices to a drawer, within my reach; placed more cooking/ baking things, where they were more accessible.  You work in that kitchen.  Don’t worry if it looks cluttered.  Things change as your needs change.    If someone complains, that you aren’t as neat anymore.
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Most stores try to get as much in their display, as possible, which really does not give much space to get around, with or without mobility equipment. One time, I got in one area, to look at an item.  I couldn’t get out, so I ended up rearranging the racks.  It was a hilarious experience. The face on the store clerk was priceless! But many stores have a policy, that their clerks, should help those in need.  I love their reactions, when you enter their store.  A store with fragiles, will give an anxious look, or can’t get to your side fast enough to help you.  In a toy store, you fit in, with all the commotion.  While in a department store, many are very helpful, in helping you load up your scooter.  In local stationary stores, at small shopping centers, I sat on my rollator.  I can’t find greeting cards, when my legs are pulling me down.
Traps on Internet Shopping!
Get informed!  Ask questions!  I got stuck with a beautifully made rocking chair.  It holds 500 pounds.  Oh, well, I thought.  At least this won’t break!  I haven’t had a chance to put my 24” bottom into the seat, because it is only a little over 20 inches wide.  So yeah, it’s sturdy alright! So sturdy, that we’ll never have to worry whether it will hold 500 pounds or not.

Dec 9, 2008
The Boulevard
A Disability Resource Directory of Products and Services for the Physically Challenged, Elderly, Caregivers and Healthcare Professionals
Company and Service Listings
http://alliance.unh.edu/WebP/gds.html               General Disability Sites
http://www.LivingXL.com\   Items are designed to help large & tall people
http://www.cleanbutt.com      toileting
http://www.solutioncomfortseat.com/       toileting
http://www.lifewithease.com/     Portable EZ-Step      ½ step cane sold here
http://www.disabilityresources.org/       Disability Resources on the Web
http://dww.deafworldweb.org/      Deaf World Web
http://www.caremedicalsource.com/   or call 1-800-443-7091
 http://www.enhancedvision.com/index.cfm            Enhanced Vision
http://www.silverts.com/   accessible apparel for those with difficulty dressing
http://www.accesstr.com/     Access to Recreation  wheelchairs_beachaccess
   Beach Wheelchair Hippocampe S   (the ski kit can be easily fixed under the front wheel and allow you to slide on the snow. Ideal for holidays in the mountains)
    The Ultimate All-Terrain Wheelchair – Beach Cruzr (BC1000
    Landeez All-Terrain – Will go anywhere: sand, water, snow or mud. Ultimate in All – Terrain!
Splash! Aquatic Lift
De-Bug: Stainless Steel All-Terrain Walker  Neat!  I wanted to get myself one of these.
Allen Garrett, CEO
Access-Able Designs, Inc.
494 53rd Square
Vero Beach, FL 32968
 HYPERLINK “http://www.carmellajewell.com/”
Phone: (877) 853-7816
Fax: (772) 872-3200
E-Mail:  alleng11@comcast.net          beach-chair
 http://medicalproductsunlimited.com/       Platform Dolly for Beach Access           
http://www.accesstr.com/         Bowling/ bowling ramp      “The Minnesota Ramp is specifically designed to be used with a power wheelchair.  Ramp users have found that using a 16 lb. un-drilled bowling ball works the best.”  Other Options.
Fishing Poles, holders, etc. with info on local places to fish.  Pertinent information on places, also.
Michigan    tennis, soccer, ball fields, etc.    Handicapped beach access  & bathroom
http://www.accesstr.com/products/aids_for_dailyliving_croche.jpg        “The Kroh’s Crochet Aid (KC01) is perfect for arthritis and MS sufferers who have limited hand movement and dexterity.”
LIVING FREE HOME    STAIRLIFTS-   Call 888-545-4846
LIVING FREE HOME    LIFTCHAIRS-  Call 888-545-4846
http://www.youcantoocan.com/       Call 1-888-663-9396
ElectroEase.com         Call 888-7271954  Anything run by electricity for disabled
people.  Stair-Lifts, Hospital Beds, Lifts, Scooters, Electric Wheelchairs, Porch Elevators, etc.

ncmedical.com.   “North Coast Medical is a full service supplier of products that help people perform daily activities at home and in the workplace.”  On- line catalog, but also othera  Call  1-800-821-9319
info@sheepskinranch.com       SHEEPSKIN RANCH     Call toll-free 800-366-9950    “ Product line made of 100% genuine sheepskin; aids in the prevention and care of decubitus ulcers and provides natural lanolin as a moisturizer when in direct contact with the skin.”

Specially For You, Inc.
15621 309th Ave., Gettysburg, SD 57442
Carolynn Weinert
Phone: 605-765-9396
Custom Clothing For the Physically Challenged     Clothes are designed, sewn, & adapted to the special needs of the physically challenged people.

CARE Medical Equipment
102 Drennen Rd. B-1
Orlando, Florida 32806
Phone (407) 856-2273 • Toll Free U.S and Canada (800) 741-2282

I used this service when traveling in FL & cruise ship.
Email: info@caremedicalequipment.com
http://alliance.unh.edu/WebP/psp.html      Product Solution Providers
http://alliance.unh.edu/WebP/aooj.html     Associations, Organizations, and Online Journals


Enabling Romance:
A Guide to Love, Sex, and Relationships for People with Disabilities (and the People who Care About Them) By Ken Kroll and Erica Levy Klein      http://www.blvd.com

New Moblity Magazine
“Life on Wheels”      http://www.blvd.com
Sports ‘n Spokes      Wheelchair Sports and Recreation       http://www.blvd.com
PN/Paraplegia News     Useful info for Wheelchair Users    www.blvd.co


There are numerous styles of buddies to assist you in the bathroom with clean up. It is helpful for people with back problems, surgery, obese.  It gives you the extra reach you need.  There are also other aids available, for other posterior problems.
Today, you can also find longer sponges, combs. brushes, mirrors, anything needed to tidy you up.

If you are in the market for a commode, be careful.  Some list that it will hold a lot of weight.  But the seat may be smaller than a regular toilet seat.  CHECK EVERYTHING!
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My choice for sleeping has been a recliner for many years.  At one time, my arthritic fused spine was my only problem.  The chair served it’s purpose.  My weight was around 225- 250 pounds for a long time.

As I gained weight, I didn’t realize, that the chairs, tho’ not advertised, had a weight capacity.  A new set of recliners revealed the metal frame bent after a short time.  The chair springs sagged & broke. The footrest wouldn’t stay up.  My older ones never gave me any problems, but then I was thinner.  Since looking for a lift chair, I’ve found that weight matters, as well as measurements.  Here again, be honest about weight.  It’s very important, or you’ll find yourself shopping for a new one, as your warranty, if there is one, won’t be worth a darn.  As with other purchases regarding seats, I cannot understand why manufacturers will list a weight, but if you want a 22” seat, it’ll cost more,  For instance, if a chair is listed at 375 pound capacity, there will be a 21 “ seat.  For that weight you will need a 24” width or larger chair.  Anyone of weight carries it in their hips!!!!!

I have recently chose to get a lift chair. I am going to purchase mine through a reputable medical supplier.  I have been measured for a proper fit.  I choose to buy a dual motor, which will support my weight, as well, as a weight capacity 150 pounds more.  This way if motor stops working, or chair seat sags, it won’t be the fault of the buyer.  Medicare pays a few hundred dollars for the motor.  Repairs, the supplier will handle, as well as other paperwork.  If you are able to handle a purchase on net, the chair may be cheaper, but have a lot of hidden expenses, such as additional money for placement in room, added accessories, fabric changes.  Some have delivery charges.  Most prices listed are base chair with on porch delivery.
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I have learned, unless you know what you are doing, it is best to buy through a reputable medical supplier.  If you are experienced, & know your correct measurements, you can order from internet, etc.  It would probably be cheaper, but you’ll have all the headaches, if something is wrong.

For your FIRST WHEELCHAIR, whether manual or electric, it is best to deal with someone, who knows the business!  Going by weight alone is a trap!  MEASUREMENTS are taken sitting from hip to bend of knee; (A narrow depth seat will hurt or cramp your thighs.)  from knee to floor;  hips to top of back;   weight ( Don’t fudge!   Give correct weight or you’ll be uncomfortable.  It will also have a short life!);  height.
My experience was that I had an electric scooter, which was great for trips to the zoo, park, boardwalk, malls, or visiting down the street.  But a wheelchair is a little easier, when going into restaurants, theaters, some stores, or church.  A manual wheelchair was a problem, as no one could push me, for any amount of time.  So when visiting a medical supply store, I was attracted to a electric wheelchair, that could be folded for transport.  I only needed to supply weight & height.  I’ve had it for over a year.  It’s too small for me, hurt my legs & was taking up space.  It was too heavy for anyone to lift in the first place.  The batteries have to come out, when transporting.   They weigh 20 lbs. each.  I’m stuck with it.  Medicare paid for it, so will not pay for another one now.  Such red tape!  My needs have changed & I am much heavier now.
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It is best to travel with a mini van, as it is more accessible.  I personally own a FORD WINDSTAR, but recently have had a problem getting into the passenger side, as my left leg has less mobility. I cannot avail myself of a sidewalk curb, which would help. My husband built a platform, wide enough that I could stand on.  It is about 4” high.  It is just a rectanglar piece of wood, the length you prefer & an inch thick.  Take 2 equal size boards, the height you need, & nail under each rectangular side.  That’s it!  I’m sure a lumber company could accommodate you, if you don’t have any lumber around.

NOTICE, I did not suggest a stool, etc., as it may not be sturdy enough & you may fall.   ESPECIALLY, if you are a person of size!!!

OR you can contact a handicapped car dealership.  They can install a hydraulic lift for your seat.  It can be put it in your own car.  IF you are dependent on an electric wheelchair, they can also accommodate you, as to the loading & transfer of chair.  The above only applies to those with some mobility yet.

If you are completely dependent on an electric wheelchair, I would hope that you could get some financial relief from Medicare.  You would need a van equipped for your disability & accommodate your transfer back & forth. I have a hydraulic lift in back of my van for transporting my electric scooter.  You could also have a suitcase ramp ( folds up like a suitcase), to transport scooter or even an electric wheelchair, without person.  Don’t ever put up with becoming a home-body, because you can’t walk very far.   GET SOME KIND OF WHEELS AND GET OUT OF THE HOUSE!  ENJOY THE FRESH AIR!  ENJOY LIFE!!!!!!!!!   GOD GAVE YOU LIFE!  SPEND IT WISELY!
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UK-  While traveling in England, etc., I had a terrible time, getting in & out of motor coach.  Steps were higher, & I had to drop down, which made it harder, to get out.  I had more mobility at that time.  The English walk a lot.  Around the corner is a hike-  a few steps could be 4 flights.  Be prepared for lots of hills.  Bathtubs tend to be high & narrow.  Take a washclothe & toilet paper.  In Ireland, the tub was really low.  I didn’t need handicap accommodations then, so not sure what was available.

I always thought that I would like to visit the place,  But it may be more difficult for disabled people.  Check out this website.
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TRAVELING BY AIRairplane_clipart_shuttle1
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Upon making your reservations, get an aisle seat. I like to stretch my bad leg out in aisle. If you sit in the bulkhead seat, be prepared to be uncomfortable.  People of size, will find it too rigid.  The arm is stationary. I felt jammed in there. My legs & feet were uncomfortable.  The stewardess put a wedge under my feet.  I would not have wanted to fly to Australia in that seat.  AGONY!!!!

Some people chose to buy two adjoining seats.  This gave them more room.  But today, it could be an expensive flight.

AS AN OPTION, WATCH- PAY ATTENTION WHEN YOU TAKE YOUR SEAT!!!!!   You will notice as the door closes or shortly before, people start moving around.  Look for empty seats or sections & move to where you will be more comfortable, especially if you are seated in row which is full.  I was dumb at this, when I flew to Australia, etc.  As the plane took off, I saw many people stretched across a four seat row.  So for 14 hrs., I was jammed in my row.  Later, I got smarter.  I would move to an empty two seats & put my bags on one seat.  It discouraged anyone, thinking of moving in with me.  Last option, is to just get a first class seat!

Whenever embarking or disembarking a plane, I made my needs known, that I would need a bariatric wheelchair.  I asked for one also when I made my reservation.  I had a porter check luggage.  He & others whisked me through entire procedures. It’s worth the extra few bucks in tips for this peace of mind.  I did not travel with my scooter or wheelchair.  On one flight, my walker was checked with baggage.
Some planes have one space for a wheelchair, on board plane.
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What to Do/Check on Ahead of Time.

Weight Limit

I contacted a medical supplier, who provided equipment for physically challenged people in travel.  My needs were an electric scooter & a lift chair.  They could not provide a chair for my size, but sent a hospital bed.  It was set up in cruise ship.  Problem was that the mattress was too thin.  I was in agony.  But my cabin steward put extra mattress covers on top, which eased things.  But be prepared to compensate for any inadequacies!

Handicapped rooms usually have shower benches already installed.  One cruise ship supplied me with a steamer chair & mattress, for sleep.  This was the trip that I forgot my inflatable pillow wedge pump. Here again, don’t be afraid to speak up!
Getting on the ship went smoothly. I got someone from the cruise line to take me by wheelchair through the lines of registration, to my room.  All companions travel with the handicapped individual, so they get the same first class assistance.  I would suggest also taking your rollator.  All small bags, etc., can be placed on it.  It serves as a cart.  Also, when seas are rough, it comes in handy for anyone needing assistance walking.

I also asked for assistance in unpacking my luggage.  I was exhausted, getting ready for the trip.  The electric scooter was waiting for me in my room, as was the bed, all set up.  Some cruise ships do not allow you to board with your own equipment. I was also disappointed with the size scooter, I was supplied. Others appeared to have the same problem, as their bottoms were hanging over seat.  The chair arms had to be raised & the rough spots ripped my slacks.  I ended up wrapping the arms with hand towels.  I don’t think anyone had correct fitting accommodations.  This has to be addressed.  When a supplier rents their equipment to you, it should be more than weight or height appropriate.  It should fit!!!! It makes the difference between a miserable or great time.

Some cruise ships also have facilities for peritoneal dialysis, if you need that procedure.



We had breakfast delivered.  This gave us more leisure time to get ready for the day.
Usually we took in the buffet for lunch, as there was more flexibility.  Piece of cake!!  As soon as a waiter saw you in line, he grabbed a tray.  He carried it through the line, helping me with food choices, beverage, & carried my tray to a table.  They also assist you in getting in & out of the table arrangements.  I did not have to get off the scooter, unless I chose to be more comfortable.

Navigating the dining room for dinner, was just as easy.  Get there EARLY, so you don’t have to navigate around crowded tables. As soon as the dining room was open, I motored in to my table.  The waiter seated me, then took my scooter & parked it. When meal was finished, the routine was reversed.
Handicapped accommodations are available in the theater/ entertainment/ program areas.  I preferred to sit in a comfortable seating, so I sat on last row, not needing to use steps.  My scooter was parked close by.2891386042_46c0839a53_m1

As to the pool/ spa area, I was disappointed with the accommodations.  You had to be able to walk up steps, to get in the pool or hot tub.  The lift had a weight limit, which did not fit my needs. So check this out on the ship, of your choice.  I used 2 different cruise ships, & this was the case.  I have been on many other cruises, but I was not handicapped, at that time.


Cruise ships have means to take wheelchairs off ship, on most shore excursions.  They have a lift or will lift you onto their smaller boat.
If you decide to get off the ship, check for tourist sites, that are handicapped accessible.  You can find a lot of information on disability travel web sites.  In some areas, a tour guide with an accessible van is cheaper, than a side trip available on cruise ships.  There may be a problem with accessibility on the islands.  But you can always motor around on your equipment.  Gauge your bathroom needs, meals, etc.  Outside cafes would work, but going inside a building may offer a challenge. You may not want to get too far away from the ship. CRUISING IS A GREAT WAY TO GET AWAY.  BETWEEEN THE SHOWS, SHOPS, MEALS, SPA, ETC. IT IS A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE.  THINK OF ALL THE NEW PEOPLE YOU MEET!
I have a friend that takes a cruise for a few days, when she wants to get away from grand-kids.  Takes her scooter & never leaves a ship.

Personally, I think cruise lines, should supply a choice of a bed or recliner in handicapped accessible staterooms.   Scooters of various sizes would be an asset, as their bariatric wheelchairs are now.  My one particular ship, had nice wide hallways.  Bedrooms were a nice size, as were the bathrooms.


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If you have problem navigating steps, this mode of travel, may not be for you.  Even if you are able to get up on the first step, with assistance of lift or ½ step cane, you will need a lot of strength to pull yourself up into bus & your seat.

Newer tour motorcoaches have an additional elevation of 2 steps, to get up into seats.  Don’t sit in first seats.  You may have more room, but your knees will always be hitting the barrier.  Best to sit in back, on bathroom side.  Usually more room on that side & bathroom is close.  If the bus is not full, try to get a seat by yourself.  You can stretch your legs or elevate them, by sitting across the seat.

You will have a rigid schedule to follow, which may not fit your needs.
Many buses will accommodate your walkers, wheelchairs & scooters, underneath the coach with the luggage.
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Beaches & Parks for Disabled Travelers
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From Dawn Henthorn
Your Guide to Florida for Visitors.

ACCESS FOR ALL-  ADA Park Spotlights

Florida State Parks Information Center (850) 245-2157

Florida Division of Recreation and Parks
3900 Commonwealth Blvd
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Disability Travel and Recreation Resources


There are some wonderful creations for the physically challenged- from heavy metal pipe walkers/ rollators to elaborate beach chairs.

Contact me for the suppliers names.
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BEFORE, going anywhere, get on internet or phone, & ask about HANDICAPPED ACCOMMODATIONS  at various motels/ hotels/ bed & breakfast inns, wherever is your pleasure to stay!

1) Room Accommodations-  Do they have a recliner for you to sleep in, if you have back or other problems  If desk clerk does not satisfy your question, ask to speak to the manager.  Be firm, even if they are inconvenienced.  Be firm!

OPTIONS!  If your sleeping accommodations aren’t met, you can then ask about a large comfortable chair. I sometimes pulled them to bed.  Then put my feet on bed or a pillow on a straight chair.  Often works.  OR get an inflatable wedge, but don’t forget the pump!  They fold up like a shirt & fit nicely in the suitcase.  A regular foam wedge can be carried with you, when in a car.  You have the space.  Foam head & foot wedges are now available as a total package.  Mattress genies can be purchased from medical supply sites, too.  It is a wedge that pumps up to height, according to need. It is placed under the top of your mattress.  I stayed at a bed & breakfast, where they placed pillows, etc., under mattress to raise my head.  Pillows were placed under my feet.  It was hard to get out of bed to go to the bathroom.  Getting back in bed was even harder, so I spent the rest of night with my chair combination.  Some web sites carry oversized  chaise loungers.  With bed pad on it & sheet, it works.  If all else fails, go elsewhere!

Don’t forget to get a non-smoking room, if you don’t smoke.  They may tell you, that the room was fumigated, etc.  But if you are asthmatic, etc. you’ll still have problems.
2)  Ask about steps/ elevator.  If no elevator, you should ask for a ground floor room.

3) Do they have a inside heated pool, if in off season?  It is good to swim, if you have circulation problems.
FIRST, stop often to stretch your legs.   Flex them when in the car.  You want to avoid swelling or phlebitis/ clots.  Take a pillow for your head, change positions often.  Hydrate, even if it means more bathroom stops.  Helps the blood. Rule is that on long trips, stopping every 2 hours is best.
I often thought, that it would be nice to have a folding chair in van.  We could stop at various places & take in sunsets, ocean breezes or mountain streams.  A folding chaise or Adirondack chair with ottoman would be the ticket. Your legs would be up.  Instant Bed!  Be careful to check, if you can get out of the Adirondack chair!
Be sure to remember to travel with your bathroom buddy!  If you haven’t bought one yet, it’s the ticket for bathroom clean up.   I always travel with a blanket.  I’m always ready for temperature changes.  Carry lots of bottled water & fresh fruit.  You may find good eating places in books & magazines, only to find upon arrival, that they leave a lot to be desired.
FLORIDA is a great place for physically challenged people.

DISNEY is a great place for physically challenged people.

FL Keys– Somewhere in the FL Keys, a catamaran lifts a wheelchair on board. They  will  lift you, in & out of the water, to snorkel.  Sounds great, doesn’t it!!!

Travel Links
Posted on September 27, 2008 by alicehahn | Edit

Disability Travel Links
Greece for Visitors
Sirens Disabled Resort    
Sirens Resort – An Oasis for the Handicapped in Greece: Sirens Resort has been designed specifically for the disabled or wheelchair-using traveler.
Handicapped Facilities at the Sirens Resort: The Sirens resort consists of five fully-furnished, apartment-type units.
Specially Equipped Wheelchair-lift Van Will Pick You Up: The Sirens Resort offers a specially-equipped van for transfers between the resort and the Athens International Airport, as well as for day trips.
Full Beach Access for the Disabled: The Sirens Resort is located on the sea and has a wheelchair ramp into the water. There is easy access to the beach itself. There is also a big-wheeled “beach” wheelchair which works on both the sand and in the water close to shore.
Outdoor Areas are Fully Accessible:

Sirens Resort
Clio Psaraki, Owner/Manger
Skaloma, Loutraki
Web page: Sirens Resort
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 AllegroMedical.com Product Review notification


 By Alfie the Caregiver/wife from NJ on 1/29/2009
Your rating: 4 stars
Headline: M-Rail Bedside Handrail by Hart Mobility

Pros : Safe, Sturdy, Easy Storage
Best Uses : Following Surgery, Elderly
Describe Yourself : Elderly, Caregiver
Primary use : Personal

This is the answer for someone in need of some assitance in getting up & laying down. My husband is of average weight & it is sturdy for him, but not sure if person was morbidly obese. He can get a good grasp with the type of handle with it.  We tried the black strap first, but he was too fragile to get a grip on it.
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