A charity for muscular dystrophy, Trailblazers, has launched a new investigation into the provision of hoist facilities in hotels and depending on its findings, will then ‘work to fix’ the issue.
The group is asking disabled travellers to report back on the hoist facilities they find, or do not find at their accommodation, in order to draw up a picture of the situation so that a solution can be discussed.
Trailblazers estimates that there are currently just 20 hotels in the UK with a ceiling hoist with eight situated in London.
While disabled people are able to purchase portable hoists from retailers, this is not always a practical solution as not everyone can drive and taking a hoist on public transport is generally unfeasible.
The group has also pointed out that most equipment companies have a minimum rental duration (usually seven or 10 days), meaning that if someone wants to rent an aid for one night they have to pay for seven.
Trailblazers says: “We know some hotels are moving in the right direction with chains like Premier Inn and IHG hotels installing some rooms with ceiling hoists. However, progress is slow and there are entire areas of the UK that have hotels with no hoist facilities at all.”
It is hoped that the investigation will ultimately lead to greater understanding around the issue and encourage hotel operators to invest in more access solutions, including hoist facilities and wet rooms.