"I have recently retired and I would like to take a holiday with my son who is partially sighted. Are there any holiday companies that combine trips for those who can see and those who are blind or have poor sight?"
Answer : Traveleyes is a travel company, which may be of interest to you. It provides holidays for both sighted and poor sighted/blind people travelling together. Holidays can be based in countries around the Mediterranean and the company hopes to provide trips to South Africa early next year. If you visit their website at: http://www.traveleyes.co.uk
you can register for free and be kept up to date with new destinations/offers etc. If you prefer to telephone the number is 08709 220221.
Answer : Mobility Friendly Homes, http://www.mobilityfriendlyhomes.co.uk
is a free, internet based service that has been designed and dedicated to the selling, letting and purchasing of properties that are accessible and/or suitably adapted for the needs of disabled people. Although at the present time the site does not have a large number of properties it is growing and may be able to help you.
Answer : To find venues that are accessible and disabled friendly go to: http://www.yourlevelbest.com. This will give you a list of disabled friendly restaurants, public houses, snack bars, etc that you may like to visit. In addition to the location it gives the telephone number so that you can check exactly what facilities they have before you get there.
Answer : Communal areas such as landings and stairs must be kept clear Items should not be left or stored outside of any of the flats unless they are a disabled vehicle for which permission has been applied for and been given to park the vehicle there.
Cleaning of staircases, hallways and landings are usually carried out by either the caretaker of the flats or a contractor, either of which should make sure that communal areas are clear. Contact your Mother's local council and ask for the name of the contractor/caretaker and discuss the situation with them. If you are not happy about their response go directly to the local council housing department with your concerns.
Answer : The most serious accidents involving older people happen on the stairs and the percentage gets higher the older people get. If you cannot persuade your Mother to move her bedroom downstairs there are some safety tips that you can apply to make her using the stairs safer: