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.
Can corporate apartments accommodate executives traveling with pets?
Those traveling with pets will be glad to know that there are corporate apartments available that can accommodate them. The best way to find pet-friendly units is to work with a company that specializes in corporate lodging solutions.
These companies will have access to a comprehensive array of properties that will make the stay ideal for both you and your pet. Here are some examples of how they can help.
- They can match you with properties that welcome pets – The frustration and time spent on trying to find a pet-friendly unit can be avoided, as the company can filter out any unsuitable options. They will be able to provide a list of properties that meet the traveling executive’s needs, and the needs of their pets.
- Pet-friendly properties are designed to make life easier – There are properties that merely tolerate pets, and then there are properties that go further, offering special amenities just for pet owners. For example, some properties have a dog park on premises, which means exercise and taking care of “business” is close and convenient. That’s particularly helpful when staying close to or inside a downtown area, as there may be no dog parks within easy walking distance. If traveling with a pet that’s high-energy, a dog park on premises will provide the ideal outlet.
- Residential solutions that offer regular housekeeping – Most units offer bi-weekly housekeeping services. This valuable service allows the executive to spend more of their time exercising and enjoying time with their pet rather than worrying about the tedious task of cleaning house.
If you are familiar with the area you will be traveling to, and want to be close to a particular spot, it can usually be accommodated. This is relevant for pet owners that need to be close to a lot of green space for their active dog, or near a veterinarian or animal hospital in case of an emergency.
What to consider when traveling with pets
If you’ve traveled with pets before, then you already know that it’s a different experience than traveling alone. From the moment you get in the car to head to the airport, to the last day you’re in your short-term accommodation, there is always something else to consider when handling a pet. For example:
- Keep your pet’s identification on hand – It’s always a good idea to have an identifying tag on your pet’s collar, but that’s probably not enough when traveling. Fortunately, there are modern pet ID options that make it much easier to keep track of your furry family member. In addition to a collar and tag, consider getting your pet microchipped so that they can be identified if they get loose. There are also pet tags that you can link to your smartphone or device, which means as long as they have their collar on, you’ll be able to find their location on your phone, tablet or computer.
- Don’t forget your pet when planning for delays – Delays, especially airport delays, happen, and many people find that they don’t have their pet’s food, water, medicine, toys or leash handy. You’ll need to take care of them in the event of a delay, so be sure to keep the necessities close at hand. It’s best to assume the worst will go wrong where delays are concerned, and plan accordingly.
- Get your pet used to their carrier well before travel day – To make things go smoother, Take some time to get your pet accustomed to their crate. Once they are comfortable going in and out of the crate, take them for a drive to a nearby park so they will associate the crate with a positive experience. When it’s time to depart for that business trip, the pet will be comfortable and at ease.
More people are traveling with pets than ever before, which is why it’s important to work with a company that can provide pet-friendly accommodations for their clients.