After your discharge from hospital and whilst you are waiting for your case to be completed, you and your family may wish to think about going on a holiday.
A holiday can be a great way to relax and unwind after a period of stress — and we can help you to make these arrangements.
There are a number of specialist organisations that help disabled people and those with a spinal cord injury to enjoy relaxing and stress-free holidays. There's a comprehensive list of specialist holiday providers on our Useful Links page. Here are a few recommendations:
Tourism for all
Tourism for All is a national charity that promotes holidays for disabled people in the UK. It provides information about a wide range of holidays and has extensive lists of adapted and wheelchair-friendly hotels as well as other types of accommodation.
Back Up Trust
Back Up Trust is a specialist spinal cord injury charity that runs a wide range of courses designed to improve confidence, independence and mobility. Its wheelchair skills course and multi-skills courses take place in the Lake District and around Dartmoor.
Vitalise is a national charity that provides short breaks and holidays for disabled people and their carers. Its online brochure contains listings of wheelchair accessible and fully adapted accommodation.
Respite for carers
Often, it is close family members that first meet the care needs of someone who has sustained a spinal cord injury. This can be physically as well as emotionally draining and it is important that carers get a break from time to time.
Respite care is normally provided by the local authority as part of the community care package. However, the application process can be complicated and some local authorities are reluctant or slow to provide help. We can intervene on your behalf if you are experiencing problems accessing the respite care to which you are entitled.