Holidays or short breaks can be a good way to get a complete rest and have time to relax. Depending on your circumstances you might go away with or without the person you care for. If you are away going with the person you care for you may need to look for somewhere accessible, or have certain requirements that are hard to meet.
There are many companies that can help disabled people and their carers find suitable holiday accommodation, some offer specialist and activity holidays, and others can help locate an accessible place to stay. The Brain Charity has produced a very comprehensive guide to holidays, which includes information on holiday companies, funding for holidays and insurance. Below is a selection of travel companies and you can find more in the Brain Charities guide.
Disabled Holidays is a travel company that offers a selection of accessible holidays from self-catering to all inclusive deals in the UK and abroad. Most of the accommodation is wheelchair accessible. They can also arrange for the hire of disability equipment at the holiday accommodation.
Accessible Travel and Leisure are a travel company that mainly offers holidays abroad. They provide accessible holiday accommodation and holidays for disabled people and less mobile holiday makers. They only recommend destinations that they have visited themselves.
Enable Holidays are a tour operator that offers a range of accommodation suitable for people with limited mobility in various locations both UK and abroad.
Tourism for All is a charity specialising in helping people to find accessible holiday information, including accommodation. They operate a membership scheme with a small annual charge.
Revitalise is a national charity providing short breaks and holidays for disabled people and their carers.
Dementia Adventure specialise in holidays for people with dementia and their carers, friends or families.
Open Britain is a one stop shop for accessible tourism in the UK (and some places overseas). This website is run by Tourism for All.
Disabled Go gives you information on accessible places to visit.
Disability Rights UK have a list of leisure and holiday links.
Carers Trust has a section about holidays on their website with information about funding. One outcome of a carer’s assessment could be a payment to help fund a break from caring. Also see the Brain Charities holiday guide