Carers Week 2012 – Easy access holidays and respite care breaks

June 20, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Holidays are the perfect way to relax and unwind and can be a real pick-me up for tired carers. However, finding an ‘easy access’ holiday for elderly and disabled people, which provides all of the facilities you need, can be tricky.  

During this year’s Nadiex National exhibition I spoke to ‘Holidays for All’ and discussed holidays that are specifically designed with elderly and disabled people in mind. To my delight there are lots of holiday options available that give both carers and their loved ones respite.

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Here are my easy access holiday recommendations for Carers Week;

‘Holidays with Help’ offer costal breaks here in England- perfect if you don’t like flying. Holidays with Help welcome people of all ages with disabilities to join them for a fun packed holiday that will include days out, activities and plenty of good food and company.

Holidays with Help’s stand out feature has to be their care programme which includes unlimited care throughout a break.  Meaning carers are provided with the option to let their loved one go on holiday alone with the peace of mind that they will be looked after by professionals, giving everyone a well-deserved break.

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For families who wish to go on holiday in accommodation that is guaranteed to meet mobility needs and requirements travelling with Access Travel is a great option. With over 20 years’ experience and in depth knowledge of easy access requirements, Access Travel, now have a collection of properties in the Canary Islands, Cyprus, main land Spain and Florida that are ideal if you are a carer taking a loved one away who needs wheelchair access, bathing aids, ramps etc…

Visit for more information on self-catering break which the entire family can enjoy.

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For short breaks that carers and disabled people can enjoy together ‘Vitalise’ breaks are a good choice. Holidaymakers can choose to stay here in the UK in one of Vitalise’s three purpose built holiday villages or go to a Vitalise holiday in a European destination.  

Vitalise boasts freedom and choice in their holiday packages, offering guests endless choices of excursions. Alongside such they also offer a special package designed for couples affected by dementia, which I believe will be a popular choice. Vitalise also offer a care programme for guests meaning that a carer’s responsibility can be reduced whilst on holiday.

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Costa Cruising Disasters

February 28, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Only six weeks ago news broke that the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia had collided into rocks off the Italian coast. As the ship slowly sunk, finally laying on its side submerged in the shallow water, passengers and crew members were forced to evacuate. 

To date the Concordia disaster has claimed 25 lives and sadly there are still people missing. More distressingly the Concordia captain, Cpt. Schettino is suspected of abandoning the liner during the disaster, which has caused great anger amongst many who believe that the disaster could have been avoided.

Unbelievably Costa Cruising has suffered another blow as the Concordia’s sister ship, Costa Allegra was forced to issue a Mayday signal yesterday after a fire broke out in the ship’s generator room. The fire cut all power supplies to the liner causing it to be left stranded, drifting in the Indian Ocean.

Sunken Costa-Concordia

The sunken Costa Concordia

The Allegra, which was only days into its tour of the Indian Ocean, Red Sea and Mediterranean, was feared to be targeted by Pirates last night. However, the vessel has been recovered and is currently been towed to the Seychelles with all passengers and crew members safe and well.

An experienced cruiser myself I have great sympathy for all passenger on board both the Costa Concordia and Costa Allegra as they must feel tremendous uncertainty about cruising. A way of travelling which I have utterly enjoyed for many years, and know is a firm favourite amongst many, specifically older people.

Although I’ve never personally cruised with Costa I do question the future of Costa Cruising. With two significant incidents in such a short period of time I wonder if Costa will be able to withstand the aftermath of the Concordia and Allegra disasters. Further I’ve speculated if cruising in general will suffer as a result.

Costa Allegra

Costa Allegra

Hopefully the latter won’t happen as cruising is a real joy when all goes to plan. I think it’s important to remember that there is a huge variety of cruise liners all with tremendous history, exceptional service and style.

My advice would be to do a little research and get recommendation from people who have cruised before. I could recommend plenty of liners – all depending on what you want from a cruiser- but I’d stress that all cruise ships have strict safety procedures to prepare passengers for any eventualities so there really is no great need to worry.

Read my cruising blog for more inspiration.

Annette’s Websites of the Week 9th-13th January 2012

January 13, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Annette's websites of the week

first choice logoFirst Choice- If you’ve got the January blues you’ve probably started to think about a holiday escape. A holiday lover myself, who isn’t? I’m regularly found looking at getaways on the internet where there are many travel sites all offering different tropical deals.

Recently all-inclusive holiday packages have become increasingly popular amongst holiday makers. I recently went on a short break to Tenerife on an all-inclusive deal, which worked wonderfully as all food and drink we’re included in my package. Meaning I avoided a hefty bill at the end of a fabulous weekend.

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Catching on to the trend travel chain First Choice now exclusively offer all-inclusive packages (as of May 2012 they will only sell all-inclusive deals) to their customers. Covering the most popular holiday destinations including Spain, the Canary Islands and further afield Mexico and the Caribbean I think that this is a rather clever business move.

Their website has recently been readjusted to publicise their very best all-inclusive packages and it’s most definitely worth browsing if you’re researching a luxury break whatever your holiday requirements; family holiday, couples retreat, group break.

Top Tip: Utilise all of the tools on the site. Explore the ‘Destinations’ to get a better idea of where you would like to travel too. Then use ‘Search’ to find a holiday which meets your budgets, destination, hotel type etc…

Save Something For the Weekend Facebook Campaign- What sad news to hear that the BBC have decided to axe Sunday morning television show Something For the Weekend.

The easy watching show hosted by Tim Lovejoy, Louise Redknapp and celebrity chef Simon Rimmer is one which I regularly tune after I’ve taken the dogs for a walk, and I have to say that it’s perfect Sunday morning TV.

something for the weekend

With weekly guests ranging  from musicians, actors, sports personalities and even scientist (Brian Cox is a big supporter) the show has brilliant variety. With cooking segment, cocktail tutorials and brilliantly banter between guests and presenters it genuinely is a pleasure to watch and will be greatly missed.

Disgruntled fans have taken to Facebook creating ‘Save Something For The Weekend From The Axe’ campaign with the hope that enough support will sway the BBC to recall the programme from exile.

I’ve joined the group which has a currently total of 24, 600 likes (wow). Fingers crossed the campaign will have a positive impact and bring back Something For the Weekend. Show your support by clicking ‘like’ – click here.

Slimming Earlier this week I wrote a blog ‘New Year, New You’ explaining why the new year is the perfect chance to start fresh especially if you’re thinking about getting fitter and healthier.

I’ve re-joined Slimming World to lose weight and regain confidence in healthy eating. Although I follow the Slimming World system through the tradition method of visiting a weekly session, I have also visited the Slimming World website for recipe inspiration and encouragement from other members.

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The site seemed incredibly appropriate this week as I’ve seen success with my own weight loss. My recommendation would be to use the site as a tool which can aid your progress. I like to find ideas but for new recruits or people who are thinking about joining Slimming World the website is packed with support and gives ideas of what you will be letting yourself in for. The free 7 day menu is a great example of how easy the Slimming World plan is and worth reading if you want to become healthier.

Remember that you can follow Slimming World Online- more information here.

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