Last year we decided to go away to Sorrento. The preparation was time consuming with insurance and checking the hotel had suitable facilities but it was worth it! Peter was allowed to be himself with no one having any history and just accepting him, as he accepted his limitations.
- Miranda, whose husband Peter was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, aged 62
Young onset dementia need not stop you enjoying short breaks, or even trips to the other side of the world.
It may take a little more research and planning, but you can continue to travel for as long as you feel able to do so. If you do not feel able to organise your own holiday, there are organisations that can help you.
The websites below give some examples of the types of dementia-friendly accommodation and holidays that are available. You and your travel companions should decide what will work best for you all.
Tel 016973 71087
A dementia friendly holiday organisation. Their holiday home in Ireby, the Lake District has full disabled access and day and night time care can be arranged.
Norfolk Disabled-Friendly Cottages
Tel 01485 578354
Family run business with eight fully-equipped, self-catering cottages.
The Mede, Topsham, Devon
Sallie Rutledge Tel 01392 421189 or 07718 976 072 Email Sallie@themede.org
A self-catering bungalow in a peaceful setting in Topsham in Devon, overlooking the Exe estuary. Run by qualified nurse Sallie Rutledge. Help and support can be arranged during your stay if needed.
The Bond Hotel, Blackpool
Tel 01253 341218
The Bond Hotel is the UK's largest fully accessible hotel and provides respite breaks and holidays for people with disabilities and health concerns. They offer free use of specialist mobility equipment, have an on-site care company plus they offer live cabaret every evening all close to the heart of Blackpool.
Purple Angel Holidays
Tel 01803 212223
Hotel based holiday packages in Torbay, South Devon for people living with dementia and their family members. Daytime activities and evening sitting services are available.
Bed and breakfast
Mendip House, Somerset
Tel 01934 842865 or 07531 638866
Bed and breakfast accommodation in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to the West Mendip Way. Welcomes families living with early stage dementia and memory loss. Host Jen holds a Nationally Accredited Qualification in Dementia Care.
Organised breaks and holidays
Can Be Done
Tel 0208 907 2400
Travel company established for over 30 years, organising travel and holidays for people with disabilities.
Tel 01245 237548
Award winning charity aiming to make taking a break more affordable for people living with dementia and their carers together. Offers a full range of group breaks all over the UK, from walking to sailing to breaks suitable for those with care needs, and also bespoke holidays on request.
Disabled Access Holidays
Tel 0800 622 6000
Specialist travel company, offering a bespoke travel service.
Disability Holidays Guide
Online resource designed to give disabled holidaymakers and carers choice and flexibility in finding and arranging holidays and activities.
MindforYou offers you supported holidays throughout the year in England, Scotland and Wales for people living with dementia and their relatives / carers to enjoy together, as an alternative to traditional respite.
Revitalise is a national charity providing short breaks and holidays (respite care) for disabled people and carers.
Holiday companion services
Able Community Care
Able Community Care can provide holiday carers or companions for people with disabilities to enable them to take a holiday of their choice. A holiday carer or companion can accompany them, providing personal care and assistance, domestic care and holiday companionship.
Cinnamon Grove, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s first European standard assisted living facility specialising in dementia care. Set on a three acre tropical estate, they offer short breaks for people from Europe who are living with dementia.
If you have enjoyed time away and you would like to tell us about the accommodation you stayed in, or about a dementia-friendly holiday company or venue, please do email us and tell us about it.