Things you can’t do Spontaneously


I was sitting here thinking about Things you can’t do Spontaneously if you are in a wheelchair… Ok lots of stuff is possible… if you give enough notice, and time to plan how to execute the task at hand. This is not a negative post… just a little bit of fun and my top 10 Things you can’t do Spontaneously if you are in a wheelchair.


Tube Train

Most tube stations don’t have lifts so it is fairly impossible to get around on the tub if you are in a wheel chair.
I heard a story the other day about a person that was going on a train with a person in a wheel chair… ok there was a lift… But believe it or not there were stairs up to the lift area???
Alternative:  Go train spotting (If that’s your thing,nothing against it but not my bag)


long train journeys  can be exhausting and it is fairly difficult to get on and off without help or pre booking ( you need to contact your local train station, to check their accessibility and whether you need to book help in advance). Long train trips can be great fun, if you plan well in advance and make sure your well equipment, you can have fun, especially if you have friends with you, I would love to go on the “Orient  Express” but that is just a dream…the cost would be a little beyond my budget. (Oh well we all need to dream).


Going swimming without help or a hoist. (Check with your local council website, to find disability friendly swimming pools with hoists) Alternative:  Go to the cafeteria order coffee and the biggest cake you can, and watch others swimming, making fools of themselves.


Going to the cinema can be a challenge unless you can park your wheelchair right at the front. (Check web site of your local cinema, for access) Alternative:  Hire a movie and watch it at home whilst stuffing yourself with popcorn…. lots cheaper.

Going to the beach is not that easy unless you have a beach wheelchair which has ‘fat wheels’  you may be able to hire one.  (Check your local council, if they have beach wheelchair hiring in your area)

Air travel
if the disabled ‘quota‘ has been used up. Who knew they have a quota(Check your local airport website, look at the airline to see there disability facilities)
Or check out other airlines that fly to the destination you want, they may not have reached there disabled ‘quota’

Retail Therapy
unless the shops have statutory ramps in place. Unless they are listed building, which means their status says they can’t fit them. (Check web site of your local council, or shopping centre to see they disability facilities.

Alternative: Try going to large indoor shopping centres, they are fairly new so most have disability access and lifts to different levels, but be careful you could spend a fortune.


Dinning out
Need to check ability to access the toilets, some restaurants have their toilets/cloakroom upstairs, downstairs or don’t have disabled toilets, so no access for wheelchair users.( Check web site of the eateries in your area, look at their accessibility).
My advice would be to take a note pad out with you, each time you pass a restaurant note if they look as though access would be possible, yes you won’t know by just looking at the outside if their toilets are accessible, but it might be worth a phone call when you get home, to ask the question, you will hopefully start collecting names of eateries that you can then visit.


Visiting Friends
unless they have wheelchair ramps. Most houses don’t have ramps, some even have steps or stairs to their front doors,(Might be worth buying a set of collapsible ramps) Well if you buy a pair of collapsible ramps, you can go to any of your friends. Or way not invite them to your home, that way you won’t have to worry about anything, apart from which wine to buy, and how much you might drink.

10. Go anywhere spontaneously (without planning and checking wheelchair accessibility)

Wheel chair
Alternative:  Think positive … life’s full of obstacles, so take a chance life would be boring if you didn’t.

Hope you enjoyed this post Things you can’t do Spontaneously a little light-hearted fun… but does make you think.

Till next time Amazon lady


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