www.ireland.ie – VAS Scheme – Validated Accessible Scheme
To facilitate people with special needs, Fáilte Ireland has developed a new scheme for the validation and provision of information on registered and approved accommodation that provides for those needs. So if you’re looking for a break in Ireland check this site out.
If you are interested in a holiday abroad check out the Accessible Travel website.
Clare Louise went on a holiday to Tenerife and found out about the resort on the Accessible Europe website. She stayed in the Mary Sol Hotel in Tenerife. She was picked up at the airport in a brilliant accessible mini van and brought to the hotel. The room was very good with sliding doors into the bathroom and onto the veranda and the doors were wide. There were no grab rails in the bathroom but there was a chair which worked very well.
There were bigger apartments called “superior apartments” and they did have grab rails in the bathroom. There were three pools: a hot pool, a cool pool and a baby pool. The hot and cool pools had hoists, they were always in use. There was a physiotherapist there who was really good and she also did physio in the pool with you. There was an accessible beach not too far away from the apartment which was good.
There were outings to be done in accessible vans. You can book these on the Accessible Europe Office. It would be a good idea to bring your power chair or you can rent them in the office if you prefer. If you really want to go to Tenerife it would probably be a good idea to have an able-bodied person to help with the hoist