Travel, Holidays and Insurance for Carers
We all need a break every now and then that offers the chance to get away from our daily routine. This is the same for you and also for the loved one you care for. You may be nervous about leaving them, but it may do you both good to have a break from one another. If they cannot safely be left alone, ask for another family member or friend to come and stay while you are away. If they need a lot of care or have a specific medical condition, it may be appropriate, following a care assessment, to arrange for a stay in a residential home or hospice for them in order to give you the chance of a holiday. Alternatively, you may wish to arrange a holiday for or with them. Whatever their disability, with prior thought and organisation, a variety of alternatives may be appropriate.
TravelPublic transport providers in the United Kingdom have a legal obligation to provide facilities for people with a disability. Nevertheless, it is a good idea to let the transport provider know that you plan to take a journey with your loved if there are mobility issues. All major train stations and airports have disabled facilities and ferry ports too have access arrangements for wheelchairs.
HolidaysNumerous organisations specialise in arranging holidays for people with disabilities, including learning disabilities. In the UK, there is a wide range of family holiday centres with special facilities designed to make life easier for disabled people and their carers. There are also an increasing number of holidays abroad designed for people with mobility issues, including adventure tourism. It is even more important when travelling abroad that you make sure that your needs and those of your loved one, are clearly explained in advance. The chance of things going wrong when oversees where there may be problems of language and culture, is greater, and trying to sort things out on the spot may be more difficult. It is probably worth booking through an agency or tour operator that specialises in disabled travel. For more information on different holidays, visit the website: www.tourismforall.co.uk
If your loved one is elderly, there are companies specialising in trips for older and single travellers, such as www.saga.co.uk. These may be organised round an activity such as painting or walking or may offer tours of historic or geographic interest. Holidays are also available that include care services through organisations such as www.yourable.com