I promised myself that I would write this blog post one day before someone I know gets killed. That someone could be me.
As I mentioned a few days ago, I probably sleep in more hotel rooms than I do in my own bed. I have seen every type of hotel shower that is possibly available. Most of are so hazardous that I often wonder who is designing them? It’s amazing that guests aren’t complaining. More and more older folks are traveling these days. Someone has to take a stand.
There are times I almost need a ladder to climb in the tub to get to the shower. You can break a leg before reaching the controls to turn on the water. The chances of slipping increase every time. I have trained myself to go slow. I am very conscious of each step I take, but there is no guarantee that I won’t fall.
Then there are the showers that feature half glass walls, instead of curtains, so the water doesn’t spray on the floor. It always does anyway. The water controls are all the way in the shower so you get soaked when you turn on the water.
If that’s not bad enough, most of the time you have to be an engineer to know how to use the controls. The shower handles are not marked, hot or cold, or off or on, so it’s a complete guessing game. The fancy ones are impossible. You can stand in the shower for 20 minutes trying to figure out the system.
I could go on forever, but you get my point. I want to urge all of you to demand handle bars in all hotel showers. There is no reason why young, or older guests, have nothing to hold on to. The floors are slippery, especially when filled with soap suds. For those hotels who feel handle bars make a shower look like they are designed for the handicapped, I say “so what?” This is not a fashion show. This is “smart thinking.”
Help me spread the word to independent hotel managements, or chains. Either fill out the online comment forms, or just verbally tell the front desk how you feel. The more we do this, the quicker changes will take place.