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Accessible but not "disabled" holidays?

66Mustang
66Mustang Community member Posts: 13,013 Disability Gamechanger
I have a relative who is immobile but is also extremely stubborn and refuses to use things like a walking stick or wheelchair as she doesn't want to "look old".

They can just about walk, more like shuffle forward, maybe 100 feet before needing a rest or someone's arm to hold on to.

They can't do steps or slopes.

My relative misses being able to travel but she would not want to go on a break aimed at disabled people. In her words she "doesn't want to go with a group of people in wheelchairs as it would make me feel like I am disabled myself".

So I guess what we are looking for is a holiday that is accessible but not actually aimed at disabled people.

Does such a thing exist? Does anyone have any idea of something that might be suitable?

Or does she just need to put her pride to one side and accept that she is becoming less able, and get a wheelchair or walking frame.

Thank you. :)

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  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community member Posts: 13,013 Disability Gamechanger
    Forgot to mention, the location isn't overly important. It just needs to be outside of the UK, and somewhere hot.
  • OverlyAnxious
    OverlyAnxious Community member Posts: 2,555 Disability Gamechanger
    66Mustang said:
    Forgot to mention, the location isn't overly important. It just needs to be outside of the UK, and somewhere hot.
    Well, there goes my suggestion then.  :D

    Some of my older relatives regularly visited Warner Leisure resorts.  They're adult only and well catered for older people.  I think they're only in the UK though.
  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community member Posts: 13,013 Disability Gamechanger
    Thanks for trying @OverlyAnxious

    I did think of maybe a cruise, I may be stereotyping but I believe it is mostly older people that go on cruises so they should be set up around their needs?
  • OverlyAnxious
    OverlyAnxious Community member Posts: 2,555 Disability Gamechanger
    66Mustang said:
    Thanks for trying @OverlyAnxious

    I did think of maybe a cruise, I may be stereotyping but I believe it is mostly older people that go on cruises so they should be set up around their needs?
    I do have one older relative that regularly went on cruises, but they had to stop about 10 years ago because of health issues.  I guess there are practical limitations for accessibility on a boat, even a large one.

    Must admit, I can't think of much worse than being trapped on a boat out in the middle of the ocean.  Don't think I'd ever be able to relax in that situation!  :#


  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community member Posts: 13,013 Disability Gamechanger
    That is a good point. Some cruise ships are huge, though, I wonder if there is such a thing as one with an elevator on board for passengers to get between floors!

    I understand what you mean about being trapped... Some ships I believe stop at certain destinations along the way so you can get off and explore if you want to.

    I thought it could perhaps be ideal for my relative, though, just the initial struggle of getting on board then let all the different views come to her instead of her going to them!
  • Alex_Scope
    Alex_Scope Posts: 7,562 Scope online community team
    One of my relatives is a regular cruiser @66Mustang, there are lifts on board most ships these days, as a lot of them are so large.

    Cruises are generally quite accessible from what I've heard, and you have the option to explore different destinations or stay on board ship. A river cruise might be better for a view that is always interesting :) 
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