Accessible accommodation for people with reduced mobility at HomeExchange

Whether in France or in more than 150 countries around the world, at HomeExchange we are committed to making it easy for people with reduced mobility to find suitable and practical accommodations for their vacations.

Find out if your home can be suitable for people with reduced mobility.

5 essential criteria for activating the "Wheelchair accessible" feature

With the help of some of our members with reduced mobility, we were able to compile a list of the most important criteria in their HomeExchange housing searches. 

To make it easier for them to find your home, make sure your home meets these criteria before you activate the "Wheelchair accessible" feature in your home listing.

  • Entrance to the property

    Accessible entrance with no steps or obstacles

  • Sufficient space

    Sufficient space to move the wheelchair easily and to turn it 360°, especially in the bedroom, the bathroom, and the shower.

  • Width of the doors

    The width of the doors and corridors must be greater than or equal to 90cm, for a wheelchair to move around your home.

  • Walk-in

    Ideally, you should have a bedroom, a bathroom, and a toilet on the same level, with no stairs or steps to reach them. If you don't have a bedroom on the first floor but a sofa bed, this may be suitable for your guest.

  • Availability

    Make sure you are available to discuss the specific needs of your guest with reduced mobility before finalizing the exchange.

If your home meets these 5 essential criteria, we invite you to add "Wheelchair accessible" as an amenity on your home's listing.
You will find it by editing your "my home" page, in the "amenities" section.

Secondary criteria to facilitate the search for accommodations for people with reduced mobility

  • Accessible parking space

  • Grab bar for toilet or shower

  • Italian shower

  • Shower or bath seat

  • No stairs or steps

Our tips for writing an accessible home listing

  • Photos

    Take pictures from different angles of the toilets, the bathroom, the common areas, the bedroom, and the exterior to make sure that your listing is thorough and shows every potential obstacle you might not have initially thought of.

  • Video

    Optional, but highly recommended: Make a short video to give more visibility on the space and distances of your home. A video will provide much more information about the accessibility of your home.

  • List

    Think of creating a dedicated section in your home’s profile to list all the equipment adapted for people with reduced mobility. This section should be separated from the rest of the text of the listing and should be directly identifiable by your future guest.

  • Keywords

    You can even include keywords such as "home adapted to people with reduced mobility" or "wheelchair accessible house" in the description and/or the title of your listing, so that it is quickly identified.

  • Activities

    Find out what activities are available around your home that are suitable for people with limited mobility. This will help your guest imagine what their vacation could be like.

  • Availability

    Each person with reduced mobility has very specific needs, so remain available to answer all of their questions about your home.

Join the group

If you or someone in your family has reduced mobility, we invite you to join the "Wheelchair accessible" group to exchange more easily with other HomeExchangers around the world in the same situation as you. Don’t hesitate to contact them to suggest a home exchange.