Expanded barrier-free criteria: how to make entries on your advert

Globally, it is estimated that there are over 1 billion persons with disabilities. But unique travel requirements should not exclude anyone from traveling: We belief that everyone with the desire should be able to experience the beauty of the world in which we live. The private rental industry is waking up to the special needs of travelers with disabilities by providing more services and greater accommodation. Read all about our expanded barrier-free criteria!

Defining wheelchair accessibility

In general, a wheelchair-accessible holiday home should allow a wheelchair user to move freely throughout the accommodation. This does not mean that the home’s shower is essentially on the ground floor or that you must have safety bars installed.

Wheelchair accessibility checklist

When you list your holiday home as wheelchair accessible on Ferienhausmiete.de, you should meet the following requirements:

  • Wheelchair accessible entrance (either via ramp or lift)
  • Wheelchair access to all rooms (either via ramp or lift)
  • Wide doors without thresholds (at least 90 cm wide)
  • Space for wheelchair manoeuvring (at least 90 cm wide)
  • No thresholds over 2 cm high
  • Ramp gradient less than 6%

Defining barrier free

On Ferienhausmiete.de, barrier free is an accommodation that is as accessible to handicapped people as it is to those without handicap. The holiday home must be adapted to accommodate people with severe physical handicaps such as mobility handicaps, wheelchair users, deafness and blindness. All furnishings, objects and media should be usable without external assistance.

Barrier free checklist

When you list your holiday home as barrier free on Ferienhausmiete.de, you should meet the following requirements:

  • Handicap parking
  • No stairs, neither to the entrance nor in the accommodation, access via ramp or lift
  • Wide doors without thresholds (wheelchair appropriate: at least 90 cm wide)
  • Sufficient manoeuvring space (wheelchair appropriate: at least 150 cm x 150 cm)
  • Rooms must include support structures and furnishings for special needs
  • Bathroom: ground-floor shower, nonslip floors, shower chair, barrier free toilets, safety bars and entry aid
  • Kitchen: installations on eye-level, seating and standing supports, intuitive appliances
  • Beds for special needs (easy care) with standing aids
  • Brightly lit rooms, easy-access electrical plugs

Here’s how to make entries on your advert:

1. Login to your host area.
2. Go to edit settings.
3. Click on the left furnishings menu.
4. Scroll all the way down and enter your information on barrier free and wheelchair accessibility under accessibility below the characteristics settings.

Communications checklist

  • To find out if your accommodation is appropriate for special needs, start by asking your guest what they need and what is most important to them.
  • Describe in detail potential obstructions so your guest knows exactly what to expect.
  • Take the initiative and ask your guest what you could do to make their stay most comfortable. Sometimes it’s enough to rearrange or lower furnishings.
  • Before confirming a reservation, be sure you have all pertinent information to ensure a safe and secure stay.
  • Make sure your guest knows that the label barrier free does not imply currently valid DIN standards, but refers to structural elements regarding entry, doors, rooms, sanitary installations, safety bars, etc.

Do you have any questions? You can contact us by phone from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone number +49 30 609 891 44 (local rate) Or via e-mail to: support@ferienhausmiete.de

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