Take A Family Holiday During National Family Caregivers Month
National Caregivers Month Highlights The Need For Carers Respite
November sees the return of National Caregivers Month and this year’s theme is Respite. Taking care of others can be hard work and often comes with little thanks or reward, so the importance of respite cannot be understated.
With this in mind, we thought it would be a good idea to write a short post detailing the importance of taking a family holiday for caregivers as well as a few tips on where to go.
Why Holidays Are Vital For Carers
Caring for someone 24 hours a day, seven days a week, can be an extremely stressful task. According to a report by Mencap, eight out of 10 family carers who look after a person with learning disabilities have claimed that they have, at some time or another, had moments where they feel as though they have reached a point of physical and emotional crisis.
That’s an astonishing and yet unsurprising figure, as the pressures of coping with the care needed to provide love and comfort for a disabled loved one are obvious to us all, if only we took the time to think about exactly what being a carer entails.
Without the necessary breaks, carers’ family lives can suffer. The pressures of constant care can become insurmountable for many and, as heartbreaking as it may be, close family units can often drift apart. Regular breaks can allow carers to take stock and feel themselves again, and they can also be beneficial for the person being cared for too.
Where To Go
Finding holiday destinations for carers who wish to take a break is now, thankfully, a whole lot easier than it has ever been before. The Internet has helped communities grow and as a result there are now plenty of resources available online to help you make your selection. Here we take a look at some of the best:
Tourism For All
Tourism for All is the perfect resource for those who are looking to get away with people who have accessibility needs. Their website offers a wealth of information on where to go and it also has an active forum for any questions or queries that you may have.
Revitalise, like Tourism for All, is a national charity that provides both carers and people with disabilities with breaks suitable for their needs. 24-hour on call nursing care and fantastic personal support are available at their three fully accessible centres in Southampton, Chigwell and Southport.
If you want to spend your break with the person that you care for, Carers Holidays may well be the ideal place to begin your search. Discounts are available to carers (anywhere between 5% and 30%), thanks to the Carers Holiday Membership Scheme, and their website promotes holiday destinations with great accessibility options for those with a disability.
Taking a break every now and then is essential for a carer’s wellbeing, both mentally and physically. Explore your options today and be sure to get adequate travel insurance for single trips so that you’ll have the peace of mind necessary to be able to relax and get the most out of your time away.