Tourism and dementia - how can we help?

Discussion in 'Alzheimer's Society notices' started by SophieD, May 28, 2019.

  1. SophieD

    SophieD Administrator
    Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2018
    1,187
    London
    Hi everyone!

    Our Programme Partnerships team are working on a guide to help businesses and organisations within the tourism industry become more dementia friendly. The team have reached out to Dementia Talking Point to hear your thoughts. Feedback will be used to gain a better understanding of the challenges for people affected by dementia within the field of tourism.

    Do you have any positive or negative experiences from taking a holiday/trip within the UK?

    What can be done to make things easier for people affected by dementia?


    You're welcome to consider all aspects such as planning, booking, accessing and visiting as well as considering your experience with all sizes of organisations, from small B&Bs to hotels, and small museums to large leisure parks.

    Thank you :)
     
  2. Sarahdun

    Sarahdun Registered User

    May 18, 2014
    390
    I have tried both self-catering holidays and overnight hotel stays with my husband who has early onset Alzheimers.
    I always look for a bedroom with an ensuite and either large king or preferably twin beds. On the whole modern is better than old. Lighting is important - I take motion sensitive lights with me. Locks on doors are important - I like the ones that have extra security like a chain because it stops him wandering out in the night.
    Increasingly I am reluctant to take him anywhere because he panics at the unfamiliar and really wants to be at home - and the holiday seems more effort, as sole carer, than it is worth. Would be brilliant to have some 'respite' built in for the care. And for all this to be affordable of course! he has not worked or earnt since he was around 50 - around 12 years now - so holidays are a real luxury,
     
  3. SophieD

    SophieD Administrator
    Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2018
    1,187
    London
    Thank you for sharing your experience @Sarahdun! It sounds like lighting and security are particularly important for you when looking into overnight hotel stays.

    Does anyone else have a similar experience when choosing where to stay?
     
  4. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
    18,905
    Male
    North Manchester
    Not just tourism, applies to all 'eating out'.
    Management and staff that, on request, are prepared to allocate an 'out of the way' table so that unconventional eating habits do not disturb the other clientele.
     
  5. Thethirdmrsc

    Thethirdmrsc Registered User

    Apr 4, 2018
    62
    We don’t go away, in hotels or anything now. Last time, before he was diagnosed, we stayed in a B and B, and he walked out of the room in the middle of the night, naked, looking for the loo. We have a Campervan now, which we go away in, and I can deal with that at the moment.
     
  6. Sarahdun

    Sarahdun Registered User

    May 18, 2014
    390
    Hi again - you missed my comment on the need for respite for carers on ‘holidays’ - as things have progressed this is the main issue that is preventing me going on holiday with or without my husband. Particularly difficult to arrange when PWD is under 65.
     
  7. SophieD

    SophieD Administrator
    Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2018
    1,187
    London
    Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts and experiences on eating out and accommodation @nitram and @Thethirdmrsc. Very helpful responses.

    @Sarahdun it sounds like lack of respite for carers on holidays is a big issue for you and your husband. Thank you for sharing this, this feedback will be used by our Programme Partnerships team to gain a better understanding of the challenges for people affected by dementia within the field of tourism :)
     
  8. MrsV

    MrsV Registered User

    Apr 16, 2018
    95

    We took mum abroad a few years ago for her 80th birthday. Going through security at the airport was difficult, she didn't like all the fuss, shoes off, shoes on, jacket off, liquids out of her bag, being patted down by security etc. Mum got out of the hotel room in the middle of the night, we had to pile furniture in front of the door the next night. Restaurants are challenging too, Mum wasn't well behaved in the restaurant and rude to the waiter. But there is nothing that can be done about any of this, its not the establishments fault, they just see rude old lady.
     

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