Christine says that she had given up on being able to go on holiday with Syd again. Everything was too difficult away from home and even though they tried going to her son’s apartment in Majorca and taking a paid carer with them it didn’t feel like a holiday and she felt that holidays were too ambitious.
Christine and Sydney’s vicar knew that their life was very stressful and started to look for some support that Christine could access to sustain her in her caring role. He came across Dementia Adventure and suggested Christine give us a ring. Christine took his advice and booked onto our Ireby holiday. Although she had a few concerns “as a carer being responsible for someone else is so daunting particularly going somewhere new and with people who we don’t know.”
She says that at first she felt the cost was high but soon realised that they hardly spent anything while away and the support that they both received was far greater than anything they had ever experienced before.
Christine says she needn’t have worried at all because from the very first meeting with Dementia Adventure staff she and Syd both felt comfortable and knew they would be safe and looked after.
“We instantly felt trust in everyone. On holiday we did things we never dreamt we would do such as climbing a waterfall, going down a slate mine and getting to the top of Latrigg. It was lovely that the responsibility for Syd was shared and for the first time in 2.5 years she had a shower on her own while the volunteers took Syd for an early morning walk to collect fresh produce from the allotment”.
While away Christine noticed that Syd’s ability to use cutlery improved, and this has stayed the same since they returned.
Christine says she has been pleasantly surprised that Dementia Adventure have kept in touch with help and advice since they returned from the Lake District and she hopes to be travelling with Dementia Adventure again in 2018.
For more information about this holiday or about DA please call our office on 01245 237548 or visit our website www.dementiaadventure.co.uk