Quality Tip – Accessible Beds
A common question that is asked when performing accessibility evaluations at accommodations is, “what is the appropriate height of bed to have in an accessible guestroom?” The answer is not an easy one to answer unfortunately as with many different types of disabilities, there are different requirements ….which also applies to beds.
For example, an independent traveler who can transfer to a bed independently would likely be interested in a lower bed; however, a wheelchair user who travels with a companion and requires a lift to transfer to a bed would likely require a higher bed.
Ideally, a bed would be somewhere in the middle, or have the flexibility to be raised or lowered depending on the guests preference! For a bed to be considered fully accessible, it should have an open bed frame to allow for ease of access for a wheelchair user.
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