Over 60

Disabled Friendly Holidays

Going on holiday may seem like a daunting task if you’re over sixty and living with a disability. While your home comforts and regular routine are undoubtedly safe and reassuring, a trip in the UK or even abroad can be a rewarding experience, and there are a wide range of options available for accessible holidays that are specially designed to meet your needs.

Booking your holiday

There are a number of holiday companies which specialise in catering for clients with disabilities. For example, Disabled Access Holidays is a specially tailored website allowing those with disabilities to easily book suitable, accessible hotels. The search function can be refined by various facilities, including pool hoist, ramped pool access, wheel-in shower, adapted transfer and equipment hire. They also provide a list of disabled-friendly, accessible hotels in England, categorised by county to help you to find the perfect place to stay.

Many online travel booking websites such as Expedia allow you to filter search results to show only accessible accommodation, preventing you from trawling through unsuitable hotels and saving you a lot of time when booking.

While hotels usually allow guide dogs, they don’t always allow other animals. Try refining your search to show only pet-friendly accommodation that will let you bring a therapy animal or your pet from home, providing additional comfort and companionship on your holiday.

Mobility equipment on holiday

If you’ve got your heart set on a particular location that does not have suitable mobility facilities available, you might consider hiring the required equipment. There are many services available that allow you to do this, so you can be sure that you’ve got exactly what you need to stay safe and comfortable throughout your stay.

Hiring mobility equipment is also a handy way to save space and money when packing or travelling. If you’re facing additional charges or hassle to bring along your mobility scooter or lifting equipment, it might be easier to rent them at your destination. Booking in advance through a website such as Mobility Equipment Hire Direct could give you the peace of mind that your essential equipment will be ready and waiting for you when you arrive.

Types of accessible holidays

Many travel companies offer accessible cottages that specially designed for travellers with disabilities. They are often single-storey and set in beautiful, peaceful surroundings.

A cruise can be an excellent option for an accessible holiday, allowing you to experience several different countries or cities without the discomfort and hassle of air travel. Many cruises offer a range of accessible rooms and services including wet rooms, equipment hire and wheelchair-friendly excursions.

Coach holidays can offer the peace of mind of not having to worry about finding accessible transportation or carrying your own luggage. While most standard coach operators offer trips that can be adapted to your needs, specialist accessible coach trips are available, providing excursions with modern coaches and wheelchair-friendly hotels. Accessible coach trips are available to mainland Europe as well as to the UK.

London theatre experiences are popular trips for those with disabilities, allowing you to experience all the excitement of a top West End show without worrying about transport. They often feature nationwide pick-up points, serviced by wheelchair-friendly coaches and a team of support assistants, and accessible hotels let you enjoy your trip to the capital in comfort.

Respite holidays are designed to allow those with disabilities or long-term illnesses to take a break from everyday life. They offer specialist accommodation, carers, travel and accessible activities to ensure a safe and enjoyable stay.

Specialised booking websites provide dementia-friendly holidays in accommodation that has been especially designed with dementia in mind. These holidays are supported by experienced carers to provide additional support and safety.

Additional disability support and services for your holiday

Websites such as Wheelchair Accessible Holiday Taxis help you to book wheelchair-accessible taxis from anywhere in the world in your chosen currency. They offer services in lots of different countries, including Spain, Portugal, France, Italy and the United States.

For elderly people with mobility issues, it might be a good idea to hire a holiday escort to accompany you on your trip. Altogether Travel provide experienced holiday escorts able to provide care, support and assistance to travellers who are elderly, frail or physically disabled, as well as people with dementia, learning difficulties or sensory impairments.

If you have a lot of luggage and will struggle to transport it between the airport and your accommodation, there are services that will take it there for you, so you can focus on getting yourself there safely.

Visiting spa services are available in many facilities, allowing you to experience soothing spa treatments or a massage in the comfort of your room or accommodation. This gives you the chance to relax without the difficulty of travelling to the spa directly.

Make sure that you take out disabled travel insurance before you travel. Along with cancellation, loss or theft of possessions, these specialised policies cover more situations such as medical expenses, equipment damage and replacement carers.

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