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MindforYou provide supported short breaks for people living with dementia and their family or friends throughout the year. Our experienced and compassionate support staff are available from 9am to 9pm everyday. Our destinations are selected by our guests to allow them to rekindle happy holiday memories. MindforYou select dementia friendly, homely accommodation for up to ten guests and get to know both the person living with dementia and their carer, so we can tailor the holiday and our support to their needs. MindforYou give our guests personal control and choice to select their individualised activities, excursions and menus before and during their break. MindforYou are collaborating with academic institutions to research carer resilience and health and well being. We are working to create a network of organisations providing short breaks to further empower people living with dementia, give them choice and generate evidence highlighting short breaks are an alternative to traditional respite.

22 June 2018
East Midlands, East of England, London, National, North East, North West, South East, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber
Care, Clinical Commissioning Group, Commissioners Sector, Communication, Education Sector, Faith Groups, Hospitality, Housing Sector, Local Authorities, Local DAA Members, Membership Organisations, Recreation, Research Sector, Retail, Social Care, Transport Sector
Local Alliances:
Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Dementia Action Alliance , Charnwood 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?

MindforYou was created to empower people living with dementia and their carers to have personal choice and control to:-

continue to go on holiday

visit holiday destinations they enjoy

relax and be looked after

rekindle their relationships

establish new friendships

improve their health and well being

create new peer support networks

enhance carer resilience

 Our team work with our guests to provide/identify 

personal, flexible support on their holiday

a break from their caring responsibilities

funding opportunities to support their holiday costs

dementia friendly living

assistive technology to live more comfortably at home

support services available to them

alternative activities and support strategies

a second family of friends

 We work with people from a range of organisations to help them better understand and support dementia:-

property owners

transportation providers

holiday attractions

entertainment venues


shop keepers

 We collaborate with guests, academics and short break organisations to collect research evidence to :-

demonstrate  holidays together are possible

assess carer resilience

assess health and well being

generate evidence to support a case for short break funding relief

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

  • Making people aware that short breaks together are possible for people living with dementia


  • Giving people living with dementia and their carers the confidence to leave their routine and go on short breaks together.


  • Making people understand the difference experienced and compassionate support staff can make


  • Giving people living with dementia a better understanding of the benefits a short break can provide


  • Making our short breaks cost effective



  • Making people recognise holidays have health benefits for people living with dementia


Establishing collaborations with organisations to collect data on carer resilience and health and well being

 Changing traditional approaches to respite

 Identifying a sufficient number of homely dementia friendly accommodation

 Continuing to recruit experienced and compassionate support staff



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2. Actions

  • Provide short breaks to 200 people this year, with 50% of our guest coming on more than one short break

    MindforYou will provide opportunities for 200 people to go on short breaks in 7 different locations identified by people living with dementia and their carers. Our short breaks will be available throughout the year at times driven by our guests preferences.

    Case study, Being implemented, Delivery

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Create a network of quality organisations who provide short breaks for people living with dementia

    We will liaise and connect with other organisations who offer short breaks for people living with dementia and/or their carers. This will help to create caring, cohesive services for people in the community. We plan to do this through meetings, social media and attending DAA meetings in various localities.

    MindforYou will also continue training and delivering Dementia Friends initiative to staff, volunteers, carers, partners and venues.

    Case study, Initial Scoping

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Collect research evidence on the impact of short breaks

    Collaborate with guests, academic institutions and other short break organisations to carry out research and collect evidence of impact on health and well-being for people living with dementia and their carers before, during and after they have been on a short break with us. MindforYou use recognised questionnaires to gather evidence about carer resilience and the wellbeing and impact of our short breaks for both carers and people living with dementia.

    Case study, Initial Scoping, Delivery

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    New Member