Vegas with a cane
October 6, 2013 5:00 PM Subscribe
Over the past 5 years, my Mom, who is still working but of retirement age, has had both hips replaced and major surgery on her knee. She's been keeping up with the physical therapy, and while things were looking bad for a long time, she is now able to walk with a cane and is able to go places around town by herself again. She's also, understandably, stir crazy from not having been able to walk or go out by herself for so long. She suggested the possibility of meeting her in Vegas over the holidays.
posted by eschatfische to travel & transportation around Las Vegas, NV (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I should start by saying that while my wife, daughter and I have been to Vegas, my Mom and Dad have never been. My wife and I agree that Vegas could be a fun family vacation, and my parents could catch a direct flight from their local airport to Las Vegas where we could meet, help with transportation, and get them to a non-Casino hotel chosen for ease of access, so it seems doable on a basic level.
However, my parents would almost definitely want to go to a big casino buffet and a big show or two on the strip, and I can't quite think through the logistics of this based on my own Vegas vacations, which have all involved a whole lot of walking. I know that plenty of seniors visit Vegas and there are accessible entrances, but I'm particularly worried about my Mom walking the often long distances between casino entrance or parking to the buffet or show lobby, and then having to stand to wait in line for long periods.
What makes this awkward is that my Mom also would prefer not to use a wheelchair (and does not own one, despite all of the difficulties of the past several years, as she's pretty committed to walking), so this is a case where I'm trying to think through ways that she can just get temporary assistance and not have to haul around a wheelchair.
Can you provide advice on how this works if you've been in a similar scenario? If we get valet parking at a hotel to see a show, do the hotels have scooter rentals or trams to get from the entrance to the show or buffet? Are there special seating areas for seniors or those who cannot stand for a long time? Or is a wheelchair really the way that those who can't walk long distances get around? Finally, would there be particular places that work well for someone in my Mom's position, and other places we should avoid?
Thanks for your help!