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Revitalise Respite Holidays launches its summer season

by Lisa Carr

Breaks, holidays and experiences for disabled people and their carers. Holiday centres in Chigwell and Southport offer fun and relaxing supported breaks.

Revitalise, thenational charity providing respite holidays care in a holiday setting for disabled people and their carers, is expecting high record demand for its 2022 breaks after two years of COVID lockdowns and shielding due to the pandemic.

The group has two centres across the country catering for adults with a variety of different disabilities and aims to provide a refreshing alternative to traditional residential respite care – a proper holiday. A third centre, Netley Waterside House, is currently closed for major redevelopment work.

Each centre offers short breaks in a relaxed, holiday-style environment, with a variety of trips and activities. There are opportunities to visit new places, make new friends, participate in wellbeing activities like manicures and massages, try new food and drink, learn something new or just enjoy some much-needed time off.

Jubilee Lodge in Chigwell, Essex is located on the edge of Epping Forest and the bright lights of London and has a well-appointed entertainment and bar area for those who enjoy socialising, plus a tranquil inner courtyard with a beautiful ornamental pond.

Sandpipers, situated next to Southport’s Marine Lake, offers the ideal location to explore the traditional seaside town of Southport or to relax in serene surroundings and features a fully-accessible, heated indoor hydrotherapy pool.

Guests on Revitalise breaks are supported by skilled care and nursing staff as well as volunteers who provide companionship and assistance. Revitalise breaks are for 3-7 days or more and guests can travel solo, with a loved one, or a carer or with a larger group of friends or family. The charity also intends to diversify to support whole families in the coming two years.

Expert care support is provided at each of the centres, with trained nurses onsite, as well as volunteers for fun and extra support. All facilities are fully accessible with specialised equipment available on request, including hoists, profiling beds, airflow mattresses and bariatric beds. All Revitalise breaks come with full-board dining service including cooked breakfasts, lunch and three-course dinners.

Accommodation is wheelchair-friendly with buzzer systems throughout all facilities. The centres also have hair and beauty salons, porterage of all luggage and fully-licensed bars at both centres.

In keeping with a traditional British holiday experience, the centres both have a full live evening entertainment package throughout the season, which includes singers, comedians, tribute acts, casino and cinema nights. The popular Summer Youth Party, designed for 18-40 year olds, returns on 1st August at both centres, promising late-night parties and unmissable entertainment.

Daytime activities include games such as boccia, arts and crafts sessions, exercise classes, quizzes, bingo and hair and beauty treatments at additional cost.

Guests may just want to relax at the centre, but for those that wish to explore, there are places to see nearby and group excursions on offer. Jubilee Lodge in Chigwell is currently working towards offering excursions again in the next few weeks, allowing guests to explore all that the capital city has to offer as well as the beautiful towns, villages and attractions of the South East. which will be to explore nearby London and the South East.

Sandpipers is also working towards launching a full excursions programme but in the meantime can in the traditional seaside town of Southport can provide volunteers for assistance to explore the town and local area including the pier, arcade, bowling and shopping, subject to availability.


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