How to Tell If a Place is Wheelchair-friendly?
Anyone wheelchair-bound or have mobility issues know that going out takes a lot of effort. They need to feel safe and comfortable so they can move efficiently and have a good time.
Singapore is a very wheelchair-friendly place, so generally, you won’t have any navigation problems here. However, you can do any of the steps below just to make sure that you or your companions won’t encounter any accessibility challenges. Here are ways to find out if a place is wheelchair-friendly:
Search for the place on the Mobile Google Maps App
The first thing you can do is to search for the place on Google Maps using your smartphone. The app includes a feature which tells you if a place is wheelchair-accessible or not. It also tells you what sections of the venue and kinds of support are available for wheelchairs. In the sample below, the location has a wheelchair accessible car park and entrance.
The desktop version does not indicate a location’s accessibility, so you need to use the mobile version. To access the information, click on “More Info” at the bottom left of the app, then click on the small arrow sign on the right side of the Quick Facts text to go to the “About” page. You can also find the directions below the following images.
Visit the Location’s Website
Another thing you can do is to visit the place’s official website. Some places indicate their accessibility features on their website (or social media page). One good example is the website of the National Museum of Singapore. The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) also allows you to search for barrier-free buildings on its website. If you’re visiting another country, you could also look for similar online resources.
Or Call Them
If the place you’re visiting does not indicate on its website if it’s accessible or not, then you can enquire about it through a phone call. It would also be helpful if they have staff members well-equipped in assisting disabled persons.
Here are just some of the features you need to look for when deciding on a place to visit:
- Wheelchair rental
- Wheelchair parking lot
- Wheelchair ramps
- Large and roomy lifts you can roll the wheelchair in
- Platform lifts
- Roomy public toilet cubicles with grab bars
- Roll under bathroom sink
- Dining tables which a wheelchair can roll under easily
Renting wheelchairs from each place you go to would be costly and inefficient. So we suggest renting a wheelchair from a trusted provider like Habibi Wheelchair Rental, which you can use anywhere you go that day, week, or even month! Habibi has four different kinds of units which you can rent at very affordable prices. They also offer delivery and pick-up services. Visit RentWheelChair.sg today to book you or your companion a wheelchair unit.