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Mobility Impaired in Vegas

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by HoyaHeel, Oct 17, 2007.

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  1. HoyaHeel

    HoyaHeel Grammar Police & Admin

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    Mobility Impairment in Vegas (paraphrased from many reports on this board, things may change at any time so confirm directly with the source)

    Scooter/wheelchair information: Many hotels can provide and/or rent wheelchairs and electric scooters. Contact the hotel you’re staying at ahead of time to see if they have what you need.

    Other options: Contact Mesa Medical 800 853 3006 ext #133. They will have it waiting for you at your hotel. They have on board chargers but a full charge lasts all day. It can run up and down the strip and all casinos have ramps. It costs about $25 a day. I called 5 or 6 places and Mesa seems to be best. Also ask for handicap access room.

    A company I have used twice to arrange for wheelchairs and/or scooters is www.scootaround.com

    They deliver the chair/scooter to your hotel and pickup from the hotel - so it is easy-peasy. Nothing to worry about, and quite inexpensive - $25 a day for a scooter and $15 for the wheelchair IIRC.

    I have been to Vegas with one person in a manual wheelchair (skiing accident) and one mobility-limited elderly person (mother in law). Hotels that were good to us and our needs: Plaza, Monte Carlo. Not so good: Luxor. (OK - it was my friend's fault for going on a moving sidewalk in a wheelchair. But the hotel security personnel wouldn't help him when he fell out of the wheelchair in a heap.)

    Scootaround was great. No problems. We rented one for 5 days for my uncle. I am not sure what the daily rate is. This is the e-mail I received from them when I inquired about a scooter. They also have an optional damage waiver than I think was $25 for the week.

    Thank you for interest in renting a scooter with us. With Las Vegas being
    one of most popular locations in North America, we are able to rent our
    scooters to customers at an excellent rate. For a one week rental, the cost
    would be $140.00, and this price includes delivery and pick-up right to the
    hotel. (My apologies, as I believe I had quoted $110.00 for a weekly rate,
    this is our three day rate, $140.00 is our weekly rate.)
    On average, a standard scooter weighs about 109 lbs. When disassembled the heaviest piece weighs about 53 lbs. The scooter can collapse with the front tiller folding down and the seat and batteries are removable. We just
    suggest that two people lift the scooter into the back of the full size
    vehicle.
    If you are interested in placing your order, please contact us at the toll
    free number listed below. Please do not hesitate to call if you have any
    questions or concerns.

    Heather Hay
    Customer Service Representative
    ScootAround Inc.
    [email protected]
    1-888-441-7575

    Transportation:
    CAT bus has wheelchair lifts. Wheelchairs and scooters are loaded first. Most cab companies can provide properly equipped vehicles, and the monorail is ADA compliant:

    http://www.lvmonorail.com/ride/faqs/
    Quote:
    Is the system wheelchair accessible?
    Yes, the Monorail system is completely ADA compliant. Wheelchairs, walkers, mobility scooters and motorized scooters that assist those with a disability are permitted on the Monorail. All Monorail stations have accessible elevator service to all levels. There is level boarding from the platform to all trains. All Monorail cars have space to accommodate mobility vehicles. Passengers boarding are required to place them in the locked position for the duration of the ride. Properly harnessed and trained service animals accompanying persons with disabilities are permitted in Monorail stations and on trains.

    Gaming Accommodation:
    Stool at a craps table - you bet. I'd probably choose to go to a table that wasn't completely crowded with folks - at least to get yourself established in your 'turf'. But I'm sure any decent casino would accommodate your request, and would assist you in placing bets etc...

    Most casinos have not only a low blackjack table, but generally pai gow and baccarat tables are low tables and probably (not 100% sure, just going by remembered visuals) would accommodate a wheelchair.

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    Some other threads discussing this topic:
    http://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/showthread.php?t=30654&highlight=scooters
    http://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/showthread.php?t=29037&highlight=scooters
    http://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/showthread.php?t=13052&highlight=scooters

    http://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/showthread.php?t=26223&highlight=scooters
    http://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20814&highlight=scooters
     
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  2. chef

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    HH,
    If there was ever a title of First Lady of T2V, you would be it.
    This is just another shing example of you being of service to others.
     
  3. HoyaHeel

    HoyaHeel Grammar Police & Admin

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    That's so sweet--thanks chef! I hesitate to say I did this because of my own laziness--I wanted to compile information in one place because I was tired of looking it all up when people would ask questions--I knew the info was here:ssst:
     
  4. dcavisitor

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    Great post - looks like very useful information. I think 'handicapped' is a disfavored term, nowadays, however.
     
  5. HoyaHeel

    HoyaHeel Grammar Police & Admin

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    But "handicapable" sounded far too twee and I couldn't do it. Do you have another option? Mobility-impaired?? I'm open to suggestions--I just want to make sure it's easily understood when people are looking for the information.
     
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    Not really...I was mostly kidding, and since you're the "grammar police," I thought you might appreciate it. I'm actually not totally sure on what the modern day "PC" term is; I suppose I hear disabled a little more often. Feel free to disregard my previous post!
     
  7. coolecg

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    Thanks

    Thank you so much for the information, It really helps and eases my worried mind a lot. Just want mom to have a great time!
     
  8. Hotshooter888

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    Just one more bit of info to add.

    The Tropicana has (or did have , I will check it out this weekend ) a handicapable craps table that is
    lower on one end , so everyone can get into the game.

    Hotshooter
     
  9. coolecg

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    We just came back, mom had her scooter. All hotels but 1 were vey easy to manipulate through. Tropicanna had us go through a back door where the luggage was stored. Also, slots were kind of close, tight squeeze getting the scooter around. We went in MGM, Bellagio, Venetian, Cesears, Luxor, Mandaly Bay, and a few more. People at the Strat were expecally helpful.
     
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    I would also like to add some additional info:

    if for some reason you require or prefer a hospital bed in your room, sunrise medical will deliver, install, and pick up the bed directly from your guest room. They will not move out the hotel bed, but they will move around some furniture. Of course,it's much easier to do this if you have a larger room or suite (minimum 500 ft.² room size).

    Contact info:
    Sunrise medical 866-711-9171

    Also, some hotels on the strip provide a "fully accessible room". Meaning, they provide an electronic lift that will assist a wheelchair user into bed and also in the bathroom.

    Hotels that provide this room, that I know of are: Mirage, TI, Bellagio, and Wynn.

    However, please request this room only if it is necessary. From what I have heard, there are only one or two rooms like this in each of those resorts, so it is really important to Keep them available for those who really need it.
     
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    Oh wow, this is exactly what we need!!! My husband is totally paralyzed neck down, so I use an overhead lift at home to put him in/out of his chair/bed/shower. I will call them for availabiliy and cost .... although it must be mucho expensive I'd think, not valid for cheap room rates. :(

    p.s. we don't care what you call it - gimp, disabled, handicapped, etc.
     
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    Actually, you are mistaken hctravelers, those room rates are not altered, due to the accessibility accommodations. :)
     
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    Really?!?!?! WOW. A lift enabled room for the same price as a cheap room, now that is my idea of heaven. I will call tomorrow and ask about it. Thanks so much!
     
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    My boyfriend broke his leg and is on crutches-- he lasted about 6 hours before his arms were raw and blistering from the crutches. We rented a wheelchair at Harrah's and I pushed him all over Vegas. They told us it was $15 a day and we could take it off property, but they only charged us $10 a day for 4 days (bad math??). Had no problem getting around Vegas, aside from the crazy elevators around the monorail (up, down, up again... just to get to it!).
     
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    I have the Universal Mobility price list in front of me which I received from the Paris concierge. I assume that the HET properties are all using the same company.

    Standard Wheelchair is $15 per day, 2 days is $30, 3 days is $35 and 4 - 7 is flat rated at $45. So it discounts the longer time you use it.
     
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    I just thought I'd add that the Mirage also has a lift w/ a sling type seat to put people that are in wheel chairs into the pool. It's down at the west end of the pool adjacent the lap swimming area.

    I'm not sure if any other hotels offers this or not.
     
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    Just an FYI. Checked with the Orleans on scooter rentals. It was $40/day for one day and the daily price went down if rented for several days. I didn't write it down though since I was only looking for one for two days.
     
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    When I was there last month, I needed a scooter to get around. I did a bunch of research online and the one I liked the most was http://www.lasvegaswheelchairs.com/. I really liked them the most because they posted their prices for everything up front. Everyone else needed my contact info for them to call me back. I'd rather read a menu then get a sales pitch myself.

    My scooter was at my hotel the night before I asked for it and I could have kept it 2 more days if I wanted to for no extra charge since the ticket was for one week and I only booked it for 4 days. No matter how much I used it, the charge never dropped below like 75% full. It was great to scoot around downtown. I would simply park the scooter in a wide aisle in the slots area, walk around the casino, then drive on to my next stop. It was great for someone who has a hard time putting in all the walking.

    My question relates to getting on and off the Deuce and Ace. Has anyone recently had any direct experience with doing this?

    Thanks in advance,
    Steve
     
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    Mobility NEEDS in Vegas

    Message to Hoya Heel, You said you wanted advise on better words to use
    instead of "handicapped".

    Here is my advise..... instead of saying "Handicapped", it is better to say,
    "Special Needs", or "Limited Walking". I am Special Needs because I have partial vision and I also have limited walking because I get really tired with my arthritis knees, feet, and hands. My whole body hurts. But I can still walk but I use the words "limited walking" when I need to use a wheel-chair at the airports. I always ask for the use of a wheel chair that is provided
    at the airports. Getting from one gate to another gate and having to take
    the concourse tram to get to a gate is really hard on me at most airports.


    There are lots of people who walk really slow for different medical reasons.
    Or.... they get really tired of walking and walking and prefer to have a scooter or wheel-chair. Plus, friends and family members get restless
    when a person walks too slow. I notice some of my friends don't like for me to hold on to them because I am afraid of falling down because of my partial vision. They get tired of me I notice. So I hold on to the walls.lol.

    I see lots of people on scooters and wheel chairs that can stand up and walk but it is "Limited Walking". LucyR.
     
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    Question on transporting a scooter

    My wife and her sisters are taking their mother (my MIL) to Vegas for a Mother's Day/Birthday present.

    My MIL (75) can walk short distances so they were thinking about renting a scooter but they had a transportation question.

    How difficult is it to break down the scooter and load it into the trunk of a mid size car? Is this something that the valet guys might do? (for an extra tip) Other issues?

    Thanks in advance
     
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