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Dementia charity offers more supported holidays for people with dementia in 2018

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#UKCharityWeek Official Partner Charity Dementia Adventure has announced even more dates, holidays and respite breaks for people living with dementia and their carers in 2018, thanks to the continued support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Next year, the charity has 30 holidays on offer, from the ever-popular destinations like Devon, Isle of Wight, Cornwall, Kielder Water and the Lake District, and some new locations including Suffolk; Dorset – a family-friendly holiday especially for people with young-onset dementia and even Portugal. So, whether you enjoy walking, love being by the sea or just taking in the surrounding countryside, there’s something on offer for everyone!

People living with dementia, and their loved ones, can often feel that holidays, travel and outdoor activity are no longer available to them. However, supported holidays enable people to enjoy time away together by removing the barriers that can make taking a break difficult. They offer one-to-one assistance for both carer and person with dementia – someone who has been trained in understanding and managing the needs of a person with dementia. With all the logistical arrangements taken care of and an itinerary created that suits everyone’s needs, both the carer and person with dementia can concentrate on themselves and each other.

Lucy Harding, the CEO, told Charity Today News: “Everyone with dementia is different, but why should someone with dementia not need and benefit from some time out the same as everyone else, especially if they have enjoyed holidays all their lives up to the point where they got this disease? With careful planning, we can be sure that the facilities we offer people are what they need, and with the right kind of sympathetic support then we can minimise any disruption. Also, we do not want the ability to afford a respite to stop anyone from taking advantage of the service we offer, and so are extremely grateful for the continued support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery, which underwrites the cost of these small group, “life-changing” holidays. Our success has been in no small part thanks to the support of players who directly help us to keep the cost of short-breaks affordable for more people and allowing them access to the outdoors in a meaningful way.”

Dementia Adventure’s research shows that the short-breaks are having a positive effect on the well-being of people living with dementia (and their carers) for a considerable time after they have ended:

  • 100% of carers and 76% of people living with dementia reported feeling positive after the holiday
  • 73% of carers said they felt that the holiday would help them sustain their caring role for longer
  • 100% of those surveyed felt well supported on the holiday

For more information about Dementia Adventure holidays and short breaks including itineraries, pricing and booking information please visit http://www.dementiaadventure.co.uk/holidays or call 01245 237548