Going on holiday is a great way to unwind and recharge the batteries. For carers, there are usually other issues to consider and it can be a challenge to get away.
The first question to consider is: are you going to go away with the person or people you care for, or on your own?
Taking a break
If you need to arrange respite care for the person you care for, it is a good idea to organise this first as there may be difficulties in booking a suitable place or services for the days you want – particularly at popular holiday times.
When the Local Authority considers your needs as part of the Carer's Assessment, they should take into account your need for time off; both on a regular basis and to take an occasional holiday. Any services they provide will usually be subject to a financial assessment (see our Respite Care section).
You can also look for local care providers; residential units and domiciliary agencies, by searching the Commission for Social Care Inspection register. In Scotland, see the Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care.
The Kiloran Trust offers respite breaks for carers.
Carers Holidays - If you arranged a respite break for your loved one and are looking to take a holiday yourself then Carers Holidays run by a Network Partner of Carers Trust, could be the answer. They have great discounts for carers, from 5 – 30% off, on a whole range of accommodation in the UK and abroad.
Holiday services from network partners
Carers Holidays brings together a selection of properties/holidays which have a wide range of accessibility features. It includes accommodation in the UK and abroad… from independent owners who have just one holiday home of their own to let, to hotel chains and online directories. There are also great discounts for carers, from 5 – 30% off, through the Carers Holidays Membership Scheme. Holidays are designed for carers and their friends and/or families to have an affordable break either with or without the person they care for. So if you’re looking to enjoy a break together, or have arranged respite for your loved one and want to have a break away yourself, a Carers Holiday could be just the thing for you. Carers Holidays is run by a Network Partner of Carers Trust.
If you want to go away together, you may have extra considerations to think about, which the following organisations can help you with:
Tourism for All has lots of specialist information about accessible places to stay, as well as advice for travellers with special mobility or other needs.
Many voluntary organisations supporting people with particular conditions have useful advice for travellers, such as the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Parkinson’s Disease Society and The Stroke Association.
Revitalise is a national charity providing breaks for people with disabilities and carers. Vitalise provides short breaks for people with disabilities and carers, with 24-hour nursing care on-call and personal support, at three accessible centres in Chigwell, Southampton and Southport. All of Vitalise’s centres offer a wide range of activities and excursions. Volunteers complement the work of the centres’ staff by providing guests with companionship and support.
Park House is a hotel operated by the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, enabling disabled guests and their carers, to have a holiday in the Norfolk countryside together.
Carers Holidays, run by a Network Partner of Carers Trust, is ideal if you want to go away with the person you care for. Their website highlights holidays which have a wide range of good accessibility features for disabled people. It includes accommodation in the UK and abroad and there are great discounts for carers, from 5 – 30% off, through the Carers Holidays Membership Scheme.
Another way to get a break is to both go away - but on different holidays. There are a number of voluntary organisations or specialist providers who organise residential holidays for people with disabilities, some of which are listed below: