Holiday destinations for the less mobile

Posted by Anna on May 23rd, 2019

More and more people are seeing live in care – with a trained carer providing assistance to allow their client to remain in their own home – as a real alternative to traditional residential care. And those receiving such care are reaping the benefits. Research by the Live In Care Hub ( showed that a whopping 97% of clients feel they are doing some of the things they value. The research, published in the Better At Home Report, also showed that 39% of those in care homes never leave the home.

But why should being less mobile mean you can’t get away for a break? With plenty of specialist operators out there it’s easier than ever before to book a holiday, even if you use a wheelchair, so what are you waiting for?


Yes, even if you have limited mobility you can still visit the Greek Islands and enjoy all they have to offer. Crete is the largest island and home to the Eria Resort which is specially designed for those with limited mobility. Transfers to and from the airport can be arranged in their specially adapted minibus, which is also used for optional excursions around the island.


Another Greek destination, this time 90 minutes from Athens but home to the five-star Sirens Resort that has five specially adapted apartments catering to those who need extra help. Plus the resort has a sea swimming wheelchair ramp and sea wheelchair to allow all guests the opportunity to enjoy the balmy Mediterranean waters.


If you don’t fancy quite such a long flight then Mallorca (Majorca) is much closer and you can stay in Palma Nova at the Residencial Voranova complex. This purpose built resort is ideal for those that use a wheelchair or have limited mobility, and is especially popular during the winter when the Mallorcan climate offers gentle warmth and sunshine.


Many cruise ships offer accessible cabins, although they book up quickly so you need to plan ahead. Cruises are an ideal way of visiting many different destinations, and any days that you don’t feel up to a tour of the latest port of call you can simply remain on board and relax in the sunshine. Don’t think you’re limited to the Med or Caribbean – there are cruises around the Norwegian Fjords or you can do an entire circuit of the British Isles.

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There are many possibilities back in Britain as well. Large companies such as Centre Parcs offer accessible lodges with wider doorways and easy access bathrooms. Popular seaside resorts can be busy, but many have nearby hidden gems with promenade parking and fewer crowds – for example Filey instead of Scarborough.

If the seaside isn’t your cup of tea then the Forestry Commission often installs accessible tracks in its woodlands. And if you visit the Stiperstones you can park underneath the stones and walk or wheel along a 600m track with breathtaking views, before heading down to The Bog visitor centre for a nice cup of tea and a scone.

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