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    Accompanied Holidays for physically disabled

    Hello, has anyone here been on a holiday where you paid a Holiday Carer service to allocate someone to go with you? I haven't been on holiday in over 10 years, been housebound the last 3 years due to illness/disability and lack of proper care etc.

    I could not manage anything long-distance or major and could not partake in any activities; it would just need to be a completely restful, relaxing holiday mainly for a change of looking at the same 4 walls lol!

    I've found one possible company that offers this service, although I'd then need to apply for a grant toward the cost as couldn't afford it.

    I just wondered if anyone has experience of receiving Holiday Care and how they found it?

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    Hi Pinkmint,

    Sounds like you're due a break.

    Check this website out for supported holidays and funding opportunities . . .
    http://www.disability-grants.org/sup...-holidays.html

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    Thank you so much for your reply, Lighttouch

    I found that site this morning and have been most of the day clicking the links but unfortunately, for one reason or another couldn't find anything suitable to my needs/circumstances.

    I've just heard back from the one company I thought might be suitable only to be quoted well over £1300 just for the Carer, let alone the holiday accommodation and expenses! Wow! I don't think I will ever leave my room again.

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    Iy is a bit of a problem trying to find an accessible venue, the means of getting there and getting support too.

    When I was working and a bit younger I used to travel the world through escorted holiday companies that were for mainstream tourists. I'd always be the only disabled person on the trip but loved it because my tourist guide sorted access issues out on my behalf before any were due to happen.

    On another occasion I wanted to go away for winter sun at Lanzarote and my girlfriend at the time was a wheelchair user with MS. She said she wouldn't let me go unless she came too! So I booked a accessible holiday in a four star hotel and paid for my girlfriend AND her PA too! So Gwen used her Direct Payments to pay her PA what she could and I paid for her flight, food, single supplement luxury room with a view and nights out.

    I'll have to say it was fun because we use to visit different 5 star hotels in the evening pretending we were doing access audits of the hotels on behalf of our new holiday company - we got great treatment and lots of freebies - very naughty11

    Warner Brother Hotels are very accessible and have entertainment thrown in. Say you had MS you could approach the MS Society and they would contribute 50% towards a break and supply volunteer helpers.

    These days I'm more likely to pre-book a stay online at a Trevellodge or Premier Inn and find out if a shop mobility can drop off a mobility scooter to get around the pedestrian areas.

    Are you looking for a city break perhaps. If you need help getting washed and dressed in the morning it's better to buy that service in from a private company local to the area in question to keep costs to a minimum.

    Then you can look on the web to see if there are any organisations who can send a volunteer to help show you around a city - I'm sure there are loads of people who would be happy to help but it's just a wish list. lol

    Which place had you identified to stay in and I'll research possible solutions purely out of interest to see what's out there for you if you want.

    Like you I want a break but don't really need anyone to escort me as I just use the goodwill of the public to help out when needed - I never need to ask as people love to offer help - very bizarre but I don't mind if it makes them feel good about themselves.

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    Thanks for your reply. It sounds like you had some fun on your travels!

    I've just found one other service who offers holiday care and emailed to ask them how much they charge. I won't hold my breath LOL!

    Yes I did wonder that about hiring somebody local to where I stay but the problem is that as my condition has worsened I can no longer drive and need an attendant-propelled wheelchair so I can't travel independently.

    (It's frustrating but I also have a Powerchair but cannot use it as I can no longer use the joystick control due to not having much use of my arms)

    Although I have a severe neurological disease it is not MS so I wouldn't be entitled to any help from that avenue.

    I think it would probably be within the West Sussex area. I never imagined it would be near impossible to get help for a holiday (unless one has endless pots of money LOL!!!)

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    Like you mine is a neurological condition that eats away at the Mylin sheath surrounding the spinal cord. I can only use one hand so I steer and move forward and backwards on a scooter using the up and down paddle - it works for me.
    I can't use a manual wheelchair even though I was given one by the Council.

    I see why it's difficult getting out and about let alone going away. You need a door to door service.

    I'll look into it.

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    Yeah, that sucks.

    God knows what's going on with my muscles, they just don't want to work and have got worse!

    Oh no! You'd go around in circles in your wheelchair!

    Thanks! Appreciate it! I'm still looking too but think I'll give up for tonight as too tired. Found one in Devon that offers a care package, but cottage is £850 a week then care is EXTRA!!! Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! It's too far for me to travel anyway, let alone way too costly.

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    Do some organisations offer volunteers to help people enjoy a holiday? The British Red Cross springs to mind but I could be totally wrong, I'm digging deep into my memory about something I believe I read.

    I know there is a hotel in Black pool which offers a door to door service, Bond Hotel I think. There are also a few in France but these could be more expensive.

    Hope you manage to find something

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    You could try contacting your local advisors for "carers uk". I know they are an organisation for carers but they have lots of other info. They may have some contacts that could be of help to you.
    What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

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    Hi Pinkmint,

    Well it's grey, wet and miserable here today.

    I noticed that you were looking at cottages which I assume are wheelchair friendly but expensive.

    Here's a different idea.

    As the weather can be mixed you don't really want to be boxed up inside twiddling your thumbs looking at four walls.

    Think big and exciting. You could go with a friend or relative who could drive you there but isn't your carer as you could buy those services in from a local care agency who charge about £16 an hour for getting you up, washed and dressed.They would arrive promptly at a time that suits you so you don't miss your breakfast - and you don't want to miss those breakfasts.

    http://www.somersetcare.co.uk/support_detail.php?id=39

    What I'm suggesting is that you visit a mansion sized hotel with a ground floor twin bedded room with access to a patio. Food, nightly entertainment, great access, wet room, loads of space in the mansion and lots of opportunities to meet new people. And you can choose shorter breaks like 3 or 5 days to test the water.

    I'm suggesting that you visit a Warner Brother Hotels .co .uk. Check out - Cricket St. Thomas, Chard, Somerset. TA20 4DDLord Nelson and Lady Hamilton spent many happy days in the countryside that is the setting for Cricket St.Thomas. Today, you can spend time in its beautiful grounds that were based on designs by Capability Brown. They have an Early Bird sale on at the moment.

    If you book slightly out of season they offer 50% discount! So a 5 night break for two in a twin bedded room would cost £274 each or £549 say in early March 2014.

    I phoned up Somerset care and all they'd need to know are the dates you plan to visit and how much help you need e.g. morning, night

    I'm so impressed I might look into one local to me in North Wales! lol
    Last edited by Lighttouch; 31-12-13 at 12:25.

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