Answering your questions about supported dementia holidays
Due to the limited number of places, we ask that you book one holiday per year.
Group holidays – we meet you either at the accommodation or nearby. We will confirm the exact time and location following the booking. The only exception is the Isle of Wight, where we will meet you at the Portsmouth Ferry Port.
Tailored holidays – we will discuss this with you as part of the plan for your individual holiday.
Group holidays – start on Monday lunchtime and finish after lunch on Friday.
Tailored holidays – are more flexible (subject to staff availability). We will work with you to design a break that works for you.
We hand pick the accommodation to ensure that venues are as dementia friendly as possible. Where possible, we source venues with wet rooms and/or ensuite bathrooms. Most of the properties have enclosed gardens so people can access outside places independently. We bring door signs to ensure people can easily find their bedrooms and bathrooms.
We source accommodation through holiday cottage agencies, therefore there are no key coded entrances or exits. If this is something that concerns you, please ensure you let us know when you book.
We ask you to make your own way to the holiday meeting point. However, if this is an issue for you, we highly recommend Driving Miss Daisy, who will provide you the high quality, door-to-door transport service you need. Driving Miss Daisy is an international companion and driving service, renowned for offering a safe, caring and reliable service for people who find it difficult to get out and about. With over 30 service delivery teams across the UK they offer personal assistance from the customer’s living room to the starting point of their holiday. All the drivers are DBS checked, private hire licensed and first aid trained to ensure they can assist you with the highest level of care. The drivers are also Dementia Friends. For more information and to book their services visit https://drivingmissdaisy.co.uk/.
During your stay we will transport you to all your day trips and activities in our Dementia Adventure minibus.
Dementia Adventure recommends that you take out specific travel insurance. We do not recommend specific providers and suggest that people do their own research.
We want you to have fun on your holiday, but your safety is our top priority. We require all holiday-makers to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. This means you must have received both doses of the vaccine no later than 21 days prior to departure, to allow full immunity to take effect.
Dementia Adventure holiday supporters will only be vaccinated if they have been offered it as part of the UK’s national rollout programme.
These holidays are for people living with dementia who would like a holiday with someone they know well, and in a small group of people with similar circumstances.
We ask that people living with dementia come with someone who knows them well. It could be your partner or main carer, but it could also be a friend or relative. We do not provide personal care on our small group holidays, so with the support of your friend, partner or holiday supporter, you should be able to manage day-to-day activities such as getting out of bed, dressing and washing.
Most of our breaks are suitable for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility (check each holiday description), but you will need to manage a large step into the minibus. If that doesn’t work for you, you may want to consider a tailored holiday.
All tickets, accommodation and itinerary are organised for you, taking the stress out of the arrangements. You will be supported by a Dementia Adventure team on each holiday with at least one holiday supporter for every person living with dementia. We are with you 24 hours a day. Our team will do all the cooking and driving. They can help you at mealtimes, so you both get to enjoy your meal. We accompany you on all the activities, so both of you get the most out of the whole holiday. We are that extra pair of hands, eyes and ears so you can relax and benefit from the break. We can provide as little or as much support as you require.
Each team member is DBS checked and fully trained in understanding dementia and the key challenges, risk analysis for outdoor activities, communication and dementia, safeguarding & certificated first aid training.
Yes, we ask you about this during the booking process. You will be required to bring all your personal hygiene supplies with you, including a mattress protector. We will help you with changing the bed if needed, and all our accommodation has access to washing machines.
We normally ask that people living with dementia come with someone who knows them well. It could be your partner, but it could also be a friend or relative. Please get in touch if you do not have anybody that can support you.
Please note that in the event of you travelling alone, you will need to pay a single person subsidy to cover the cost of the room.
As a charity, we deliver our holidays on a not-for-profit basis. We fundraise so we can significantly reduce the price of all our supported dementia holidays to make them more affordable. We do not include any of the overheads that keep our charity running. So the price you pay is not what it costs us to deliver your holiday.
We don’t want finance to be a barrier to people living with dementia getting the holiday they need. There are options available. Please click here for more information.
The price you pay includes:
- 4 nights full board accommodation (Lunch and dinner included on the first day. Breakfast and lunch included on the last day).
- Complimentary soft drinks, tea and coffee
- All activities and venue entrance charges
- Meals in cafes and pubs when part of the planned itinerary
- Transport during the holiday.
- Support from the Dementia Adventure team on location throughout the holiday
- Pre and post booking support
- One free photobook per booking
- Travel insurance. We advise you take out insurance in case of cancellation or curtailment because of illness.
- Personal care. If you are not self-caring, the person who comes with you will need to be able to do this for you.
- Travel from home to meeting point.
- Alcoholic drinks. We will include a minimal amount of beer/wine with the shopping, but you may like to bring some of your favourite tipple with you if you like to have a drink in the evening.
- Additional drinks/snacks you wish to purchase when out and about.
The price will vary depending on your holiday, we can include:
- Full board accommodation.
- Complimentary soft drinks, tea and coffee.
- All activities and venue entrance charges.
- Personal care from an external agency, if required.
- Meals (including eating out).
- Transport from and from the holiday, if required.
- Transport during the holiday.
- Support from the Dementia Adventure team on location throughout the holiday.
- Pre and post booking support.
- One free photobook per booking.
Travel insurance is not included or any additional drinks and snacks you wish to purchase whilst we are out (unless part of the agreed itinerary).
Yes. All accommodation has access to a washing machine.
We will invoice a deposit of £200 per room at the reservation stage. This will be payable within 14 days to confirm your booking.
The balance will be due 2 months before departure.
Please contact us if you need to discuss a payment plan.
- Sturdy walking boots or shoes
- Warm layers of clothing
- Wash kit and toiletries, maybe swimming gear for the beach
- Waterproof jacket
- Sunscreen and sunhat
- Hat, scarf and gloves
- Water bottle
- Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, some properties are not providing towels. We will let you know if this applies to you on booking.
- Mattress protector (if required)
- Personal hygiene supplies (if required)
You must notify us of your need to cancel for a Covid-19 reason as early as possible (and at the latest 24 hours before your scheduled departure), and must provide us with appropriate written official evidence of the Covid-19 reason.
For the purposes of these terms a “Covid-19 reason” is either a confirmed diagnosis of Covid-19 within 30 days prior to departure or an order, via the NHS’s track & trace team, to self-isolate due to contact with a person who has, or may have, Covid-19.
It is the responsibility of guests to purchase suitable travel insurance to cover against the risk of not being able to travel due to illness or isolation due to Covid-19 or any other illness. We strongly recommend that you take out appropriate travel insurance at the time of booking.
Normal cancellation conditions as detailed in our terms and conditions (LINK) will apply in all cases. We will endeavour to resell the holiday places depending on the date of cancellation but this cannot be guaranteed.
We make every endeavour to operate all of our holidays. If we have to cancel your holiday, you will have the choice of (i) taking an alternative holiday if available or (ii) withdrawing from the contract and accepting a full refund of all monies paid. Please see our Terms and Conditions for full details.
We understand you may have a question that is not answered here. If you have any queries or concerns, please contact us