Finding accessible holidays
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Finding accessible holidays
Holidays can be a wonderful way to relax, recharge your batteries and savour new experiences together. But when you’re travelling with an individual who is disabled, elderly or has additional needs there may be extra things to consider. This will ensure the person you care for stays safe and healthy and you both enjoy a wonderful holiday.
Do your research
Depending on your loved one’s health, care needs and abilities you may want to check out the travel information from specific organisations such as:
- The Multiple Sclerosis Society
- The Parkinson’s Disease Society
- The Stroke Association
- The Alzheimer’s Society
They are a great source of useful material and travel tips to help you choose the right holiday and get the total break you need. For more general advice, Tourism for All has lots of specialist facts and figures on accessible places to stay. They also offer hints for travellers with mobility or other specific needs.
Holidays that Care
There are a number of charities and companies that specialise in providing holidays and short breaks for people who are disabled. This includes people affected by dementia or that have mobility or other additional needs.
Many provide a tailored care plan, so that your loved one has all the assistance and support they need. You will then have a chance to relax and recharge your batteries.
You can explore the holiday options open to you through some of these sites. The first two offer information on a whole range of providers, the rest are specific companies and charities:
Carers’ Holidays is associated with Carer’s Trust. It highlights holidays with excellent accessibility for individuals with disabilities.
Options from Britain and abroad are featured. Discounts are often available through the Carers’ Holidays Membership Scheme.
Tourism for All is a charity that provides information on accessible holiday destinations in the UK and further afield. These are suitable for people with disabilities, as well as their family and carers.
Revitalise provides short breaks in England for people with disabilities and their carers. This, as well as offering specific trips that are tailored towards individuals with dementia. They offer around-the-clock nursing and personal support as well as a range of outings and activities.
Park House is a hotel in the Norfolk countryside. It is run by a charity and enables disabled guests and their carers to enjoy some time away together.
Mind for You offers supported holidays for people living with dementia and their carers.
Dementia Adventure organise short breaks to enable individuals with dementiaand their families to enjoy walking, sailing and other outdoor activities in beautiful British countryside.
The Disaway Trust is a charity that runs group holidays. These are available both at home and abroad for individuals with physical disabilities (from 16-80 years of age) and their carers.
The Kiloran Trust has a house in London where carers and their loved ones can stay and enjoy a city break together.
The Calvert Trust offers exciting adventure, sports and recreational activities out in the countryside. These activities can be fun and fulfilling for children and adults with disabilities and for their families and carers too.
The Holiday Homes Trust provides affordable holidays for families, carers or groups who have a member with a disability, physical, mental, or age-related illness.
Their centres are located at popular holiday sites with specially adapted accommodation for all families with a special need, and low-income or single-parent families.
Find out more about the range of respite care services that we offer throughout London.