Get a Break on a Supported Group Holiday with Dementia Adventure
We believe with the right support anything is possible, which is why we offer small group and tailored holidays for people living with dementia, enabling them to get away with their friends and family*.
Our small group supported holidays are always popular and sell out fast! Five days of fun and relaxation, with people in a similar situation to you. We take care of the details so you can get the most out of our hand-picked accommodation in a variety of beautiful destinations across the UK.
What to Expect
Our experienced team and thoughtfully planned itineraries mean you can relax and enjoy the holiday you deserve. Whether you want to relax by the coast or walk in the mountains, we have something for everyone. Our focus is on what you can achieve rather than what you can’t. We’ll be encouraging you to have fun, get some rest, and of course access the well-being benefits of connecting to nature and the outdoors.
Before We Go
We take care of all the holiday planning for you, from accommodation, to travel, days out and meals.
Once you have submitted your online reservation request, we will contact you by email to request information that will help us support you on your holiday, looking at health, diet, mobility, hobbies and interests.
We will then call you to discuss your booking, answer your questions, and clarify payment terms.
We will confirm your booking upon receipt of the deposit.
An experienced member of our team will join you on the holiday to take care of all the day-to-day practical details, along with at least one supporter for every person living with dementia. We’ll be with you 24 hours a day, able to do all the cooking and driving, assisting at mealtimes, and accompanying you on days out. We are an extra pair of hands, eyes and ears so you can relax and benefit from the break. We’ll be sensitive to your individual needs, encouraging independence and meaningful activity where possible, and providing as little or as much support as you require.
- DBS checked
- Trained to understand dementia and the key challenges.
- Trained in risk analysis for outdoor activities.
- Trained in communication and dementia.
- Trained in safeguarding.
- Certificated first aid qualification.
While away, you’ll enjoy a range of trips and activities. Depending on the destination you could be seal watching, boat sailing, walking in a nature reserve or visiting a farm. We focus our activities on enabling you to access the well-being benefits of connecting to nature and the outdoors.
You will enjoy home-cooked food made by our team, with a menu created to suit your requirements, as well as picnics and pub lunches on our days out.
First and Last Day
We like to make the most of our five days together, so we will meet at or near the accommodation for lunch on the Monday and leave after lunch on the Friday.
Who Are Our Holidays Suitable For?
We ask that people living with dementia come with someone who knows them well. It could be a friend, relative or main carer.
We do not provide personal care. We expect the person with dementia to manage day-to-day activities such as getting out of bed, dressing and washing with the support of the person they are holidaying with.
Most of our breaks are suitable for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility (see each individual holiday for details). There is a step into the minibus which would need to be managed.
If you don’t think this is for you, we can offer you a tailored holiday instead.
What is Included?
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 as 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.
This year we are offering beautiful accommodation in a host of stunning holiday destinations around the UK. From the mountainous Lake District, to the wide open beaches of North Norfolk, the wilds of Wales and the charm of the Isle of Wight there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The Impossible Made Possible in the Lakes
Christine Browning had given up on being able to go on holiday with husband Syd. Everything felt 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. She felt holidays were too ambitious.
Christine and Syd’s vicar knew that their life was very stressful and while looking for some support for them he came across Dementia Adventure and suggested they gave us a ring.
Their first supported group holiday was to the Lake District. Naturally, Christine had concerns about the holiday, and whether it would work for them, but she says she needn’t have worried because from the very first meeting with the Dementia Adventure team she and Syd both felt comfortable and knew they would be safe and looked after.
We instantly felt trust in everyone. 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 the hills. It was lovely that the responsibility for Syd was shared and for the first time in 2.5 years I had a shower on my own, while the volunteers took Syd for an early morning walk.
While away Christine noticed that during the holiday Syd’s overall well-being improved, including his ability to use cutlery, which has remained the same since they returned home.
It was wonderful being with such understanding people and so willing to help. I wasn’t expecting for both of us to feel so cared for with such kindness and thoughtfulness.
The holiday’s they’d given up were now possible once again with Dementia Adventure.
A Typical Dementia Adventure Group Holiday
People living with dementia can often feel that things like holidays and travel are no longer available to them. But we believe with the right support anything is possible.
We specialise in offering small group holidays for people living with dementia and their partners, family, friends or carer to enjoy together.
Evidence shows our supported holidays have significant well-being benefits for both the person living with dementia and their friends and family.
During the pandemic we are working hard to keep you safe, this has meant we have had to make some changes to the way we run our holidays.
This year we are:
- Limiting group numbers to only two or four people at a time.
- Limiting the number of holidays for each family to one per year. This is because we are taking smaller groups away and want to facilitate as many people getting a holiday as possible.
- Increasing prices to cover the extra cleaning, staffing and accommodation requirements. Click for information on how to fund your holiday.
- Asking everyone who books to be fully vaccinated, with both doses, at least 21 days before they travel. To allow enough time for our holiday-makers to be vaccinated, we won’t run any holidays until the end of May 2021 (subject to Government guidance).
We ask you to make your own way to the holiday meeting point. However, if this is an issue for you, please discuss it with us.
During your stay we will transport you to all your day trips and activities in our Dementia Adventure minibus.
If you need help to get to and from your holiday, 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 more than 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/.
We strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance for your supported holiday. We do not recommend specific providers and suggest that people do their own research.
Funding Your Holiday
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.
There are now many ways to access funds to help make your holiday happen, especially if you are on a means tested benefit. Find out more.
*This will depend on current Government Guidance together with our own risk benefit assessments. Sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date.
It’s really helped me to carry on caring for her and has made a huge difference to our lives.
Thank you all for giving us such a thoughtful, helpful and enjoyable week together. We have learnt a lot and laughed a lot.
Must be seen to be believed! An absolute miracle of a holiday!