When booking holidays for the elderly, do not assume that the travel agent, or if booking independently, the accommodation owner is aware of individual care needs. This must be clearly explained at the time of booking to avoid any disappointment.
It’s also a good idea to research the resort, locate the nearest health care/medical centre and check the layout of your accommodation. The last thing you want is to find yourself in a villa that has no flat access or ground floor rooms when you have mobility difficulties. Also don’t forget to stock up on any medical or incontinence products that you will need while you are away. Nothing like getting caught short when abroad!
Below is a list of specialist companies for those with limited mobility or accessibility requirement.
Enable Holidays is a specialist operator in limited mobility holidays. It audits the accessibility and grading the suitability of accommodation in the UK and abroad for people with mobility impairments. In addition to providing holidays for disabled travellers, Enable also caters for the senior holiday market, slow walkers and people looking for an easier way to get around and enjoy their holiday.
Limitless Travel provides tours and packages for people with disabilities, and its run by people with disabilities, which means they really understand your requirements as a traveller. You can ask their specialist advisors to plan and book your holiday, tailor made to meet your needs and personal tastes: be it a romantic break in Paris or a group getaway in Spain. Luxury coach trips to Scotland and Devon are on offer too, with fully accessible, luxury coaches and carers on hand to assist you too.
Richmond Retreats have award winning retirement holiday sites in the Cotswolds and surrounding areas. Carers are on site 24/7. Reviews are excellent and well worth a read. Available activities are numerous catering for various degrees of disability including Spa treatments. An excellent choice for the elderly who have specialist needs.
Warner Leisure Hotels
Warner Leisure Hotels are well known for their short break holidays mainly in mansion style accommodation. They do not offer care assistance but they have a number of rooms for disabled persons. Warners are well known for their live nightly live entertainment, high standard of food on a half board basis and offering a range of spa and leisure facilities.
The Holiday Homes Trust
The Holiday Homes Trust, is a registered national charity, which provides very reasonably priced self-catering holiday accommodation for any family whose quality of life is diminished by disability or infirmity. The holiday is for a whole family or group in which one or more persons suffer from a disability. The accommodation is mainly in suitable caravans and a smaller number of chalets.
Advantage Healthcare Group
Advantage Healthcare provide a Nurse, Healthcare Assistant or Support Worker to accompany you on holiday in the UK, to support you with your activities of daily living. See this article Advantage Care at Home.
Access Travel specialises in holidays for wheelchair bound and other disabled persons.
Disability Holidays Guide
Disability Holidays Guide serves as a guide to international holidays for those with disabilities.
Vision Hotels has hotels which cater principally for guests with vision impairment. However, the overall ethos of the hotels is advertised as one of caring and accessibility for all.
Disabled Holiday Information
Disabled Holiday Information is a charity which caters for the arrangement of holidays in hotels/bed and breakfast/self-catering nationwide for those with disabilities. It is largely run by those who themselves have disabilities.
Can Do Holidays
Can Do Holidays assists those with disabilities to find suitably adapted accommodation to meet their particular requirements.
Please visit our Incontinence UK website if you suffer from incontinence and would like to stock up on incontinence products before you leave to go away on holiday this summer. We have everything from incontinence pads and pants to products to help keep your bed and chair dry. Alternatively please do call us on 0800 068 3625 for more advice on what to take away with you.
Incontinence UK Team