Gwennie's Getaways

In 2016, after an extensive and thoughtful process of training and research we launched Gwennie’s Getaways. Gwennie’s Getaways is committed to providing short term breaks to those with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia and their family and carers. Our two beautiful static caravans are based at Primrose Valley, a seaside resort on the East Coast in Filey. Each caravan is double glazed and has a full central heating system keeping it warm and cosy in the cooler months. They each have disabled access, two bathrooms and are fully equipped with the usual home comforts allowing for a comfortable and restful stay. Going on holiday can be extremely beneficial and enjoyable for people affected by dementia and their carers. A short break away can offer new experiences and a rest from the daily routines. There is a common misconception that a carer will prefer a respite break away from the person that they are caring for. In a lot of circumstances, this isn’t the case and what they really want is to spend some much needed quality time together. It is expected that people are able to manage their own care needs or will have someone with them who can support them with this, usually a family member or friend who wants to share the experiences that our short breaks can bring. Our aim is to enable both the person living with dementia and the carer to relax in and around the beautifully landscaped holiday park amongst lakes, lawns, fountains and fabulous views. With a beach just minutes away, on-site indoor swimming pools, a boating lake, sport and leisure activities this is a perfect break for everyone.

Updated:
30 August 2017
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Sectors:
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We want to ensure that our service supports people living with dementia, enabling the person living with dementia to experience the same opportunities that a person living without dementia can, in a safe and relaxing environment.

Promote the opportunities that Gwennie’s has to offer to people living with dementia, carers and families ensuring that awareness is raised that the opportunities Gwennie’s provide are available regardless of financial situations.

Work alongside other organisations to constantly improve and better our service and raise awareness of our organisation and the services we have to offer to people living with dementia.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Staff and volunteers may require additional training along the way.

There may be some parts of the holiday park that the visitor may find challenging or are unable to use. We are hoping to work with the families by gaining feedback and suggestions of things we can do to improve our service.

Transport to and from the holiday park may be a problem for some so we are in the process of forming a relationship with a local charity that may be able to assist with that.

Member website

www.ruddisretreat.org

2. Actions

  • Training

    Provide additional training to our staff and volunteers.

    Status:
    Investigating
  • Dementia Awareness

    All staff will attend dementia friends sessions and become more dementia aware through the use of online resources and training to develop knowledge and awareness of dementia.     

    Status:
    Planning
  • Caravan Assessment – Dementia Friendly Environment

    Ensure the caravans are dementia friendly by working alongside the staff and service users to see what improvements can be made to the caravan environment.

    Status:
    Planning