Aug 17, 2015
The 14 page booklet, which can be downloaded free from the Care UK website, offers a wealth of tips on planning trips when one of your party has dementia. From how to handle booking a flight to what to pack, the advice all comes from people who have real experience of taking loved ones with dementia on a trip. It even includes details of charities that might be able to help make a holiday possible and gives contact details for specialist units at a major airline and a coach company which are able to answer detailed questions about travel arrangements.
Pauline Houchin is Care UK’s head of care and clinical services and manages the specialist dementia team which offers bespoke training and strategies to Care UK homes so that they can increase the wellbeing of residents. A nurse for over 30 years, Pauline also has personal experience of caring for a family member at home.
She explained: “If you are caring for a family member or friend with dementia, it can be tempting to think that planning a holiday or trip is just too difficult and just stay at home in your normal everyday routine. However, I always say that taking a trip or holiday doesn’t need to mean travelling hundreds of miles, just a change of scenery can work wonders for both of you. We hope that our booklet will start a conversation, get people thinking about the possibilities for those living with dementia and their carers to make the most of the summer and early autumn months and perhaps to enjoy all the benefits of a well-planned get-away.”
Pauline’s top tips for family carers planning a dementia-friendly trip:
For more top tips download Break away – a guide for family carers on how to successfully plan and enjoy a dementia-friendly holiday.
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