Just because people are not residing in their permanent or forever homes at the time they are using their getaway properties doesn't negate or minimize their desire to have them provide the same type of living environment for them. They need, above all, to have safe and convenient access to and within those occasional use properties.
People may use their retreats as often as every week or as infrequently as a once or twice a year, with a whole range of other usage possibilities.
We are interested in people being able to enter and move around freely in their homes. Being able to reach cabinets, shelves, controls, faucets, switches, and other controls also is important. This is true for the main occupants of the seasonal homes plus any guests or other family members that they might invite to share their homes with them.
Even before getting inside and moving about in the interior space, getting into the dwelling needs to easy also. Because the property isn't used every day, it might be easy to forget some of the nuances involved in negotiating driveways, sidewalks, steps, porches, and entrances between visits. Inclement weather (especially ice and snow) can complicate this.
Often, occasional use and seasonal homes are not designed or built for people to occupy them full-time so they may not have doorways or hallways as wide as their main homes, and the layout may not be as convenient, spacious, or accommodating to movement in the homes. Also, there could be more people occupying the seasonal homes at the same time than is the case in the main residences - family or friends that have been invited to stay for all or part of the vacation stay in their seasonal homes.
While not universally true, seasonal homes (especially lake-front, cabins, townhomes, condos, and villas), generally are smaller and more compact homes that typically are occupied by more people at the same time than is the case for people in their permanent homes because they have invited others to share the experience with them. This compounds any accessibility concerns that might already exist.
Visitors and guests who have been invited to join the main occupants of the vacation or seasonal homes cannot be expected to know as much about where things are located in the homes or how to operate various controls or access cabinets and closets.
People may not think of their seasonal homes as needing accessibility makeovers, but this is an opportunity for us to provide a valuable service for people. Seasonal homes are likely to have similar accessibility and visitability concerns as other homes.