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.

Visit www.holidayswithhelp.org.uk for more information.

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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 www.access-travel.co.uk for more information on self-catering break which the entire family can enjoy.

Beach holiday

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.

Visit www.vitalise.org.uk to download a holiday brochure.

Assistance Dogs- Canine Partners

February 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Recently I’ve noticed a rise in negative media attention surrounding dogs and their owners. Today I read a distressing story about an elderly gentleman who has sadly died after been attacked by his neighbours pitbull.

At the cash point

As a dog owner myself, I understand how much time, attention and effort is needed for dogs to acquire the calm and friendly temperament which most owners desire. However, it would seem that proper training and perseverance with such is being ignored by some making devastating events inevitable.

So when I was browsing news sites yesterday and came across the story of Bryon, the golden Labrador who is able to assistant his owner Kate in all manner of ways, I was delighted to finally see a positive and uplifting story about dogs, who are indeed ‘ A Man’s Best Friend’.

Bryon is an assistance dog who is specially trained to help Kate with everyday tasks from manoeuvring her wheelchair, helping her cross the road, collecting items from supermarket shelves, loading the washing machine and even getting cash out of a cash machine.

More than just a friendly pet, Bryon is able to answer over 100 commands and has become a life line and source of independence for Kate, whose mobility has been reduced due to a long term health condition.

bryon washing up

Bryon washing up!

Responsible for Bryon and hundreds of other assistance dogs is Canine Partners, a charity organisation who are dedicated to training dogs and pups, who will go on to enhance the of life disabled people across the UK.

I was lucky enough to see a demonstration by Canine Partners at Naidex 2011– an industry exhibition which showcases homecare, mobility and rehabilitation products. The demo, which involved two Canine Partners assistance dogs, was spectacular. Showing not only the extraordinary skill and intelligence of the dogs but also how much enjoyment they are able to share. As I’m sure you can imagine the show was most popular amongst exhibitors.

bryon washing machine

Bryon loading the washing machine

I think it’s really is worth taking note of how training a dog with simple commands can make a big difference. I’m not suggesting that all dogs should become assistance pups, I know my own are a little too boisterous for that, but simple obedience rules can help a lot and avoid further unruly dog attacks.

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