Respite care and holidays
Hello, it is Baz Smith here again with a blog and I am going tell you about two holiday centres which are run for disabled people. The centres I am talking about have 24 hours care for people who need it.
The first one I am going to talk about have four centres in England. The nearest one to Scotland is in Southport and it is call Sandpipers. I went there about six weeks before the first lockdown started, thank god I was back up the road before the UK told everyone Stay at home in March last year. The centre has Nurses and Careers all around the clock to meet the needs of disabled people. It has a bar for anyone who likes a drink. The centre looks onto the sea, which looks nice when the sun goes down at night. As well it has an indoor swimming pool. I knew before COVID19 you just need ask a member of staff and they would get it planned for you to go in with Volunteers to watch you when swimming.
You would get three meals a day. Breakfast is cooked for people who want it, or you can have a cold Breakfast. If you need help to eat or your food cut up someone will help you. When eating your breakfast have a look at the Dinner (Tea) menu and if nothing you like was on it, please tell a member of staff and they will let the cook know and they will come and ask what you want to eat.
Before COVID-19 they did bus run to get people out, but I do not know about now. Most days the Bus runs to visit some places liked the shops in different towns. If you want go you can go to four places a week. A member of staff would come around on a Monday and tell them what trips are on for that week, and the person picks. Then when everyone has picked the staff tell everybody when they are going out and who will be going with them to meet their support need. On the day you are out you are given a packed lurch before you go on the bus. All their buses have lift for wheelchair, or if you are not good on your feet.
You might be asking yourself now can I get there from Scotland, if you get the train down you need to change at Waling then walk about 5 minutes’ walk. If you are in wheelchair you must book Trains and Ramps. When you get to Southport you get cab up to Sandpipers or walk up, which would take about 30 minute. You will pass by the smallest pub in England but it doesn’t have any Wheelchair access.
In every bedroom there is your own Tv and en-suite toilet with hand rail and a wheelchair access Shower and Shower Chair if needed, as well over head Hoist and the beds can move up and down. There is an on call button. The night staff can do night check if for anyone who needs it.
If you do not want to go Sandpipers, they have three more Centres around England, to find more about them please visit https://revitalise.org.uk/
The next Holiday place I am going tell you about is Calvert Kielder.
You can go there with your family or friends. Or, if you are over age of 18 you can go on respite and let their Staff take care of you.
At Calvert Kielder they have got a respite team for any disabled person over the age of 18 who wants go on holiday by themselves and get their support needs met by the team at Kielder, like washing, bathing, dressing and feeding. When booking you tell them your needs so the staff know how to support you on your holiday.
If you are a part of the respite team, the staff will make a support plan up with you, so all your needs will get met. You will stay in main centre where the carers are on around the clock. If you are on respite team you get three meals a days and a programme of things do is setup. for liked going a Buggy and water sports no matter which age you are.
Family who have someone with a disability can go and stay in a little house and ask if they can take part in things to do. It has a swimming pool and a hot room to. Some schools go because it is an outdoor holiday. If you need help to get there they would pick you up anywhere within 50 miles for a small cost, they have wheelchairs and all the aids you could think of.