Mobility firm teams with Visit York to provide living aids to hotels

A new tourism initiative in York has launched which will see mobility equipment organisation Be Independent act as the city’s provider of living aids and 24-hour response service for hoteliers, self-catering and B&B owners, to help make the city more accessible for visitors and holidaymakers.

The initiative was announced as part of Disability Awareness Day and will see the organisation supply bespoke packages of equipment to accommodation providers in the city.

Be Independent will provide a range of equipment including raised toilet seats, toilet frames, perching stools, shower boards, mobile hoists, Easy Fit bed rails, wheelchairs. Its packages will be available for £10 a day.

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It is hoped this will enable people with personal equipment needs to enjoy a short-break, knowing their equipment needs will be met; reducing any anxieties of staying away from home. The scheme works by guests pre-ordering their equipment so it is installed for their arrival at their accommodation.

 “This is a great opportunity for people to enjoy a short-break in York safe in the knowledge the equipment they rely on at home will be installed in their accommodation ahead of their arrival. None of our equipment requires drilling or screwing to the walls or furniture, so can be installed and removed without any marks or damage to the property. This means that we can make any accommodation suitable for people with equipment needs,” commenter Heather Barden, Be Independent’s chief executive.

Meanwhile, Sally Greenaway, head of Visit York, said, “York has a range of services available for those in need of extra support during their visit as well as an excellent range of hotels, B&Bs and self-catering options to accommodate guests with access and equipment needs.

“We need to work together with partners and businesses to help make our city more accessible, we hope this new partnership will be popular and we look forward to welcoming new visitors to enjoy our beautiful city.”

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