Traveling for business can be challenging, but for those who need ADA accommodations, there is a whole secondary set of arrangements that have to be planned for. Selecting a corporate lodging provider that can address those needs help to make long term stay business trips stress-free.
ADA accessibility is not mandatory in private dwellings, meaning apartments and houses, unlike a hotel. This makes choosing a hotel often the reflexive choice just because it is simpler. However, many corporate housing providers realize the need for ADA accessible apartments and are able to accommodate the request and provide first-class accommodations. Additionally, with the right corporate housing solution partner, the frustration of finding ADA accessible units is reduced.
Corporate accommodations with ADA accessibility feature upscale, high-end furnishings, modern décor, full kitchens, all-inclusive utilities, Wi-Fi, flat screen televisions, on-staff housekeeping services, and more than enough space.
9 Basic Requirements for ADA Accessible Units for Corporate Housing
Here are some of the requirements and additional amenities that can be found in ADA accessible units:
- The apartment building’s entrance will be easily accessible and feature a clear path to all entrances. This should include a threshold that can accommodate those in wheelchairs.
- All usable common and public areas must be fully accessible for those with disabilities.
- Entryways and hallways will need to have adequate space for those in a wheelchair to easily turn around and maneuver.
- All doorways inside the apartment should be wide enough to easily fit a wheelchair. This typically includes building out wider doorways for easier maneuvering.
- Flooring inside the unit should not hinder the tenant’s movement, so it will likely include hardwood flooring or ceramic tile. If carpeting is used, it should have a very low pile.
- Anything that the resident would need to control, like light switches, thermostats and electrical outlets must be arranged so that they are within reach of the tenant.
- The apartment’s walls must be reinforced so that they can accommodate grab bars where necessary. While bathrooms are the most common area where grab bars are needed, they may be required elsewhere for some residents and in some floorplans.
- Kitchens in ADA accessible units typically have lower countertops and cabinets so the tenant can prepare meals and clean up with ease. Some units may have spaces underneath the sink to easily accommodate a wheelchair. Appliances will also be well thought out. This may include a refrigerator with the freezer on the bottom and a stove with knobs and controls on the front rather than the top. Both of these considerations will allow the tenant to use the appliances safely and without risk of injury.
- Bathrooms will also have the necessary accommodations, including grab bars (attached to reinforced walls), and roll-in showers rather than a bathtub. Toilets in these units will be higher and will have grab bars as well. The sink will also be positioned so that it can easily be reached and may have space beneath it for a wheelchair.
ADA accessible units are a necessity for many corporate travelers, and thankfully there is a way to easily find these units in any city. The best way is to work with a corporate housing provider that partners with properties that prioritize accessibility and comfort for their residents.