If you are living with dementia or care for someone who is, you may feel that holidays are no longer an option, but perhaps traditional models of respite that separate families may not be what you are looking for.

At Dementia Adventure we think differently about dementia, focusing on what people can do, rather than what they can’t.

Which is why, here at DA we offer unique small group, supported breaks for people with dementia and their partners, family, friends or carers to enjoy together. Our late summer holiday destinations are now available for booking. A dementia diagnosis does not need to mean the end of holidays. We understand, and we are here to support you to have the break you deserve. We welcome people with all types of dementia and can arrange personal care if necessary.

We have added dates to all of our favourite destinations, from Cornwall, Devon and the Isle of Wight in the South, to the Lake District and Northumberland in the North. Of course, we’ve not forgotten popular favourites such as Norfolk, Maldon Sailing and Yorkshire too. We’re very pleased to have added a new destination for this summer – in the garden of England – Kent.

Evidence shows that our holidays increase the well-being of both the person with dementia and their partner or carer both during and after the holiday.

One of the holiday clients said:

“(During the holiday) she woke up to being a real social butterfly, started eating food, sleeping through the night and joining in with activities. I am sure the team wondered what we had been worried about—the lady they saw was very different from the lady who was discharged from hospital a few days before! The transformation over the week was incredible to see.

“From the carer’s point of view, it’s a long term benefit. The DA holiday gave the best of both worlds. I got a holiday, a break and to spend time with the man I wanted to be with.”

“A positive fun time for the Carer and the Person With Dementia. Very well led, and supportive staff who instinctively knew how to cope with our needs.”

The price that our clients paid covers a third of the holiday programme cost. Thanks to Players of People’s Postcode Lottery, and our fundraising, we are able to reduce the cost of these life-changing holidays, making them accessible for people who might otherwise not be able to afford them. Our trained team and expertly planned itineraries mean that you can have the break you have been hoping for. If a small group holiday is not for you, perhaps you might like a bespoke holiday? Ideal for groups of friends or families who want to travel together—please contact us for more information.

Co-founder and Chief Operations Officer, Lucy Harding said:

“Sometimes all that is required for people living with Dementia is to take a break. When you book with us, we understand and can offer that helping hand. We have a trained team and well-planned itineraries that give both the person with dementia and the carer a proper break. We welcome people with all types of dementia and can arrange personal care if necessary. Whether you want to relax by the coast or walk up mountains, we really do have something for everyone this year!”

Head of Fundraising, Kath Vale said:

“We don’t want money to be a reason for people not to have a break. We work hard to raise money so we can offer a significant subsidy on all our holidays. Last year, our fundraising and the continued support of the Players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, covered two-thirds of the cost of our programme of holidays – meaning that our clients only paid for the cost of the holiday, whilst we covered the cost of the support to make it happen”.

As well as supported holidays, Dementia Adventure provides training and consultancy to other organisations and leads and participates in dementia research. Their fresh and innovative approach was acknowledged last year by receiving the Silver-i Award from Silver Travel Advisor and were also finalists in the ‘Trailblazer of the year’ category in the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friendly Awards.

If a small group holiday is not for you, perhaps you might like a bespoke holiday? Ideal for groups of friends or families who want to travel together—please contact us for more information.

To find out more about the activities that are taking place please visit www.dementiadaventure.co.uk or our social media channels: Facebook Twitter Instagram