able bodied using disabled loo? there has been a big campaign saying that all disabilties are not visible. i dont know if the nhs member of staff was in there changing a catheter? or the man had aspergers? or???
we just dont know why someone would want to use the disabled loo-many reasons i think.
i do understand where you are coming from! we are all unique-just like everybody else! labels-love them or hate them but they are part of life.
ideally there should just be individual loo’s were anybody can use them-maybe one day…
When you have been doing driving lessons for 17 months getting charged £28 lesson and having one or 2 every week amounting to around £2000 to be told to push back your test cus your still not ready When it’s booked for next week!! Hate realising I’ve been mugged off good and proper!!!
I honestly thought she was a lovely lady even started to think of her as a friend ohh I got played big time!! I’m trying to make my life easier by learning to drive cus I struggle to walk and she new this and still took absolute advantage of me which I find so shameful! My husband told her today after I came in from my lesson in tears to F off and don’t come back!! I felt bad for her but now I’m more angry with her! I think I have found a new instructor but my confidence is shot so I hope he’s ready to help rebuild me Im not giving up though I’ve come to far!!! I’m sorry you endured the same thing I just find it ludicrous I thought she was there to help me not rob me (which is what it feels like right now) but thank you for your positive words!!
Disabled toilets with a HEAVY door…opening inwards, (Bad enough outwards) but in my motorised chair, I push it open with my foot and the force of the motor) however… When I eventually get in there there is a plethora of bins! Hazardous waste bin, paper towel bin…all using up the floor space of a room the size of a phone bax. Grrr! Now with the heavy OUTWARD opening door…grab door handle, reverse motor, try to scuttle in before the door closes on me, or, worse still! the door isn’t self closing and I have to complete a three point turn, (in the tiny space full of bins) so as to drive halfway back out to grab the handle, and pull the door shut. Sometimes, if I’m lucky there might be a grab rail or a strap on the back of the door to facilitate this. These facilities were not designed by a less abled person, were they?!
Oh yes, all of those. Plus, bloody nappy bins in disabled loos. I understand that restaurants etc are trying to make one loo fit both requirements, nappy changing as well as disabled loos, but those bloody huge bins often make it impossible to get in.
Then there’s bars to help to sit/stand etc, two would be nice. I understand that they want to meet the needs of many people, but a bar on each side would help. Plus, making the loo flush reachable from a wheelchair, as well as paper towel dispenser / hand washing equipment.
Plus, weighted doors, in loos and more specifically in hotel rooms. If I’m on my own in a hotel room and there’s a fire, how the fff do I get out?
They should make someone attempt to use to use the facilities in a manual and in a motorised wheelchair.
Do you know what, the only place that I know caters for us is Llandudno!! they seem to be more than accommodating!! I’m sure there are other places in the UK but I am yet to find them. They have it down to an art. I know I’m showing my age, but I never worry about getting about there. Hotels love us lot. I can manage some walking, with aids, but they can’t do enough. So, I know I’m bias, but bloody hell, we are looked after. Besides they have Cymru Venue, loads of music, shows, etc. Ace place!!! Yep, rhyming was intentional x
I am fortunate enough to live in Llandudno so I can concur with what Tracey has said. In fact from my bed to the promenade there isn’t one step as an obstacle!
This all ties in with my ‘Room 101’ entry which is the plethora of mobility scooters on our pavements (and promenades) being navigated by the able-bodied overweight people who could really do with exercise and give us full time wheelies a bad name.
Ok so now I’m getting a bit worked up. Why is Llandudno so flipping far away? It’s in danger of going in my room 101 just due to distance from home!
Actually our nearest bit of seaside (which is only a couple of miles away) is not too badly off for disabled facilities. Not as good as Llandudno of course, but OK. And that too has loads of wheelchair users, most of whom aren’t in ‘chairs because they’re too fat to walk, but are ‘proper’ disabled people.
loving all the comments so far I have another one, I have no idea where this might end up but… “Why can’t my wife load the dishwasher properly” is my new one, last nights attempt was shambolic! Charlie