Taking a holiday

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 could be the answer. 

Our holidays are provided by Carers Support Centre, a Network Partner of Carers Trust and are designed for carers and their friends and/or families to have an affordable break either with or without the person they care for.  

We have modern 2 and 3 bedroomed caravans in Torbay and the Cotswolds and  these are fully equipped for a self-catering holiday.

Holiday services from network partners

Carers Holidays - Carers Support Centre and are a charity that provide value for money holidays to carers from all over the UK.  We have modern 2 and 3 bedroomed caravans in Torbay and the Cotswolds.  The 3 bedroomed holiday homes offer ‘standard’ accommodation and the 2 bedroomed holiday homes have a range of accessible features to facilitate wheelchair users, including ramped access, roomy accommodation, sliding internal doors and grab handles.  Our 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 at the same time, a Carers Holiday could be just the thing for you.

Going together

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.

Vitalise provides specialist holidays for people with disabilities and their carers. Their centres in Cornwall, Essex, Nottingham, Southampton and Southport are open from February to December and offer 24-hour personal support and care-on-call from staff and volunteers, as well as pre-arranged trips and activities and on-site entertainment. Vitalise now also arrange holidays in Europe through partnerships with accessible hotels.

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

Carers Support Centre are a charity that provide value for money holidays to carers from all over the UK. 

We have modern 2 and 3 bedroomed caravans in Torbay and the Cotswolds.  The 3 bedroomed holiday homes offer ‘standard’ accommodation and the 2 bedroomed holiday homes have a range of accessible features to facilitate wheelchair users, including ramped access, roomy accommodation, sliding internal doors and grab handles. 

Our 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.  

 

Separate holidays

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:

Leonard Cheshire Foundation
Smile Holidays
Phab England
Calvert Trust
Jubilee Sailing Trust
Accessible Portugal