*This is a collaborative post with Fenetic Wellbeing, helping to make #DaysOutForAll*
As a family we have been very fortunate to not struggle when we go out, or plan a family day out, with accessibility issues. None of us currently need help with mobility or to get out and about and on with our daily lives. However that is not always the case for everyone, and sometimes planning a day out or a family trip can be filled with limitations.
For us, days out and being able to go visit places the whole family will enjoy is a very important part of who we are and how we spend time as a family. We love going to places were we can walk, where the children can run about and explore, and also where we can learn and experience new things. We want to be able to go where all can fully take part. When we plan a day out, it’s not just a case of getting out and going, we think about how we are getting there, what sort of access we will be navigating (lots of steep steps and small children in pushchairs don’t really go together, for example, or bumpy and twisty paths may not work for someone who needs to use walking aids) and what activities we will be taking part in when we get there (lots of walking, running, exploring) and what the abilities are of everyone we are going with (toddlers can’t walk as far a grown adults, our aunt who likes to spend time with us on family days out has arthritis and finds too much walking very tiring so we plan days out where she can join us but doesn’t have to walk miles and get exhausted)
Days out and enjoying them should be something that everyone should experience, regardless of age, or health issues. When someone is struggling with their mobility and being able to walk or get about, this can seriously restrict where they can go and how much enjoyment they get from a visit or experience. We have family members who struggle with health issues that make getting out and about more challenging, so when we spend time with them, we want to make sure they are able to be fully part of what we are doing.
Thankfully there ways of helping those we love enjoy days out with us, and mobility scooters are an option if you have a friend or family member who wants to be able to live their life to the full, and get out and about.
Days out should be for all members of the family, including those with mobility issues as well as the elderly. There are a wide range of options available to help with this, that anyone who wants to live their life to the full and enjoy days out should consider them.
Days out are for everyone, we should all be able to get out and about and have fun and be able to explore new places or visit much loved old haunts comfortably!