Holidays and trips
There are many organisations and charities which arrange and provide holidays for disabled people. These can save you the time and trouble of organising things for yourself and you are usually guaranteed access and assistance. Some charities help towards holiday costs and some also own their own properties
RADAR publishes Holidays in Britain and Ireland which includes details of accessible accommodation. You can buy the guide from RADAR.
Leeds City Council is building a holiday care suite in Yeadon which will include ensuite rooms that connect to a bedroom for the carer so they can be close by but have a break from caring. People who aren’t receiving care from Adult Social Care will be able to book a stay but will need to be assessed first.
Holidays and trips abroad
There are a few extra things to consider before travelling abroad when you are getting older:
- If you have particular health requirements, or are diagnosed with an illness, it’s a good idea to consult your doctor before taking any long journey.
- Travel insurance is often more for people over 65 years of age, so it pays to shop around. Specialist travel insurance is often more comprehensive and cheaper.
- Regular exercise is important to stop swollen ankles and other complications on flights or long road trips.
- There may be age-related restrictions or conditions on renting a car. It’s usually best to arrange car hire from home,
- If you were born on or before 2 September 1929, you can apply for a free passport.