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November 14th, 2016

Any holiday requires planning and a holiday with someone who lives with dementia requires considerable attention to detail. However, this should not be a barrier to embracing well-earned rest, new experiences and a change of scenery.

There is a wide range of holiday options available to people with dementia and their carers, from specially tailored adventure holidays, to centre-based breaks with trips and entertainment included.

Independent travel offers flexibility and choice but involves more detailed planning. Package holidays are also an option, as long as your travel agent is aware of your needs and can meet them.  Basically, the world is your oyster – as long as you have done your homework!

People with dementia may find a new environment confusing or worrying if something doesn’t go to plan. It is also important for the carer to be able to relax and have a good time. So, things to bear in mind might include whether a small hotel with fewer corridors would be best, and whether travelling at quieter times of year might also be a good idea.

The benefits of taking a holiday can far outweigh the task of preparation. For those living from dementia, the extra stimulus can be hugely beneficial.  Often, carers aren’t seeking time away from the people they care for but a space, with appropriate support, where they can normalise their relationships again, as husband and wife, or parent and son or daughter.

Two organisations we’ve come across offering very different types of holidays for people with dementia and their carers are:

  • Revitalise revitalise.org that sets aside several weeks a year in three of its centres, with dementia-trained staff who can give you quality time with the person you love. Subsidies are available for these breaks.
  • Dementia Adventure dementiaadventure.co.uk focuses on outdoor activities and connecting with nature, providing land or water-based activities for people at different stages of their dementia journey.

The Alzheimer’s Society has a useful fact sheet about travelling and going on holiday at www.alzheimers.org.uk.

Any service that provides support for people with dementia, and those who care for them, has to be applauded.

 

This blog was written by Rachel Houghton DoCare’s Service Manager.  If you have a relative who you think would benefit from DoCare’s services, or would like assistance yourself, please get in touch.  If you are interested in a rewarding career as a support worker, we would love to hear from you – please give us a call or you can apply online.