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Benefits of holidays for elderly people with disabilities

Are you taking a holiday this year?

Holidays are an important part of life, giving people the opportunity to rest, recuperate, and experience a change of scenery.

Whether you love sunning yourself on a beach, exploring medieval cities, or retreating to a beautiful rural hideaway, a holiday is a great way to enjoy a different pace of life and take a break from your normal daily routines.

At Helping Hands, we want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to experience a holiday, whether in the UK or overseas.

Why do holidays help?

According to the Family Holiday Association, holidays can be beneficial to you in a number of areas, including your physical health, your mental health, your creativity, your stress levels and your cultural awareness.

They also give you something to look forward to, as well as something to reminisce about. You’ll have a whole new set of memories and stories to share and reflect upon.

Most importantly, they’re a lot of fun. There’s nothing quite like packing your bags and taking a break from normality, whether you’re heading to a destination you visit every year or somewhere completely new.

What are care holidays?

A care holiday is a holiday on which you are accompanied by a carer, ensuring you can still receive the level of support you normally would on a daily basis.

If you or your loved ones are in a position where you need daily live-in or visiting care support and would like to take a holiday, either in the UK or abroad, we can help.

Sometimes organising a holiday can feel like more trouble than it’s worth, especially if you have specific care needs that limit your independence. Helping Hands can provide you with a holiday carer who will offer a holiday support service that’s completely personalised to your specific requirements, however straightforward or complex they might be.

Whether you need assistance with booking the perfect getaway or help with buying and packing your holiday essentials, our personal assistants will take the stress out of preparing for your holiday and allow you to look forward to some much-needed rest and relaxation.

By working closely with you, your loved ones, your GP and other healthcare professionals, we’ll take great care to ensure you’re provided with a package of care that meets all of your medical needs.

We’re also committed to ensuring you’re paired with a holiday carer whose company you’ll thoroughly enjoy, so in order to find a carer who matches your personality we’ll take the time to find out about your interests, hobbies, likes and dislikes. We want you to be comfortable, confident and excited from the get-go.

How can a carer help on a holiday?

A Helping Hands holiday carer will provide you with personal care and holiday-specific support, from helping with medication and mobility to organising flight documents and accommodation bookings. Our amazing carers are fully trained to assist customers with a wide range of conditions, and fully understand the challenges of restricted mobility.

With the right level of medical and personal care, you can book your dream getaway in the reassurance that you’ll have all the support you need from a trained professional every step of the way.

If you’re planning or thinking about planning a break, whether in the UK or abroad, and you require assistance, contact us today to enquire about our carer-supported holiday services.

Page reviewed by Rebecca Bennett, Regional Clinical Lead on November 30, 2021