Your shortlist

Are you happy to accept "Functional" cookies?

We use a cookie for this feature.  This is so that the feature continues to work as you navigate the website and to save it so it's still available when you return.

Save your shortlisted homes here.

As you search for a care home, add your shortlisted homes here by clicking the heart icon. You'll find all your choices here for ease of reference.

Find homes

Helping to bridge the gap in support for family carers planning dementia-friendly activities

Home news

A new survey has revealed that 70 per cent of family carers who support loved ones or friends living with dementia face challenges when taking trips out.

Independent sector health and social care organisation, Care UK, asked family carers how they plan outings, what activities they enjoy and what they consider makes somewhere dementia-friendly. The survey complements Care UK’s recently published Good to Go guide, which aims to give family carers and people living with dementia the confidence to get out and about to enjoy the physical and emotional benefits of spending time outside in the fresh air.

Pauline Houchin, head of care and clinical services at Care UK, said: “Good to Go is a great source of advice and tips from professional and family carers. The survey we ran after publishing the guide has given us a fuller picture of their attitude to, and experiences of, taking trips with someone living with dementia.

“It’s clearly very worthwhile to make the effort to get out. More than half of respondents said their loved one felt happy after a trip out, and 30 per cent said their loved one felt relaxed. But the feedback we received also highlighted how carers lack the basic support they need to make it happen.

“Some 44 per cent of respondents said they would get out more if they had access to practical advice on how to do it. And over half said they’d get out more often if they had information on suitable places to go.”

When preparing for a trip, 46 per cent of carers do their research online and 58 per cent plan the day with the person they care for. The most popular trips were visiting friends and family, going to coffee shops, shopping, or spending time in the garden on a warm day. Short trips were felt to be the best.

And what did the respondents feel made a place dementia-friendly? Almost 80 per cent said good parking facilities, accessible toilets and friendly staff. These tips are backed up in Care UK’s Good to Go guide, which can be downloaded for free.

Pauline said: “We’re very grateful to everyone who contributed to our survey and would love people to continue sharing their suggestions for dementia-friendly days out. Simply tweet @careuk and remember to pick up your free copy of Good to Go from any of our 115 homes across the UK or download it from our website.”

Visit for more helpful guides and information on choosing a care home.

Open to new residents

1a Robin Hood Lane, Kingston Vale, Greater London, SW15 3PU

Sherwood Grange

CQC Rating: Outstanding
  • Residential care
  • Dementia care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Nursing care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Day club

Share this article

Media enquiries

We are happy to arrange interviews with a range of experts, commentary on industry issues and site visits for filming, photography or sound recording.  Please get in touch with your requirements and we will do our best to arrange a suitable response.

These contact details are for media enquiries only.
Please call 01206 517 215 or email