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Holiday Care

Holiday Care is a national charity, and UK's central source of travel and holiday information and support for disabled and older people, their families, friends and carers. They provide the information which enables disabled and older people to make independent holiday and travel arrangements, where possible in an integrated, mainstream environment. It is supported by the UK's national and regional tourist boards and a number of leading travel companies, and works closely with the tourism industry in the UK to encourage greater awareness of the needs of disabled travellers and better access provision.

Providing clear, accurate information on various aspects of travel is central to the mission of Holiday Care. Its Information Unit has nearly 120 different information packs on various holiday and accommodation ideas for people with special needs. These include accessible hotels, self-catering and farm accommodation as well as activity holidays, holiday centres and accessible attractions. They also have a comprehensive database of respite care facilities in the UK where disabled people can stay with or without their carers, and holds information on accessible venues in over 40 overseas countries, including the USA, Scandinavia and Israel. Working with Britain's national and regional tourist boards, Holiday Care is accredited to inspect accommodation in the UK against agreed Tourism For All National Accessible Scheme standards. They hold a unique composite database of all establishments in the UK inspected under the scheme comprising over 1,000 hotels, self-catering properties, bed and breakfast establishments and farms. All of these have been assessed and given one of the following access categories:

Category 1
Suitable for an independent wheelchair traveller.
Category 2
Suitable for a wheelchair user travelling with a helper.
Category 3
Suitable for a wheelchair user who is able to walk a few paces and up a maximum of three steps.

Specific information packs on a range of services are also available including companies advising on oxygen, escort and companion services and the hiring of equipment.

Adapted from the web page of Holiday Care.

Page updated 14 December 2001

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