Why does everyone assume that if you need handicapped access, you are in a wheelchair?
This assumption puts many things uphill, or long walks from the parking area, or the lobby to the room, or the room to the entrance. I have repeatedly requested from hotels to put us in a room close to the door, on the ground floor or the floor level with the parking lot and the rooms we get are inevitably a long walk from the entrance or elevator. Many hotels, even when told we need assistance, do not offer any help with baggage, instead saying something like, "the luggage cart is over there." It is infuriating as well as painful when every little necessity is met with some sort of unnecessary struggle.
PLEASE help me raise awareness that not ALL people with limited mobility are wheelchair-bound. Many are on canes or crutches or simply cannot walk far without pain or further injury. Many people have temporary disabilities with broken limbs or surgery recovery. Help me educate the hospitality industry that an aging population (the folks with money to spend) brings greater physical limitations of which only a few are solved by wheelchair access.