Taking a Break?

MND Scotland's Information Officer, Lynn Black, discusses the options for taking a holiday suitable for people with MND and their carers.

Posted : 30/06/2017

- by Lynn Black, Information Officer

If you are thinking of a taking a short break, there are plenty of options to cater for people with MND in mind.

If you have already visited MND Scotland’s holiday facilities and would like to try somewhere else why not start by taking a look at Shared Care Scotland’s website?

There’s lots of useful information on there, but best of all is their searchable database of accommodation in Scotland (and other areas of the UK and beyond, though that’s not so well covered just yet). The range of options is huge, so whether you are looking for self-catering cottages by the coast, or a city break in a 5-star hotel, it’s worth looking on there. By using their ‘Advanced’ search option, you can add preferences to your search e.g. you can specify that you need a tracker hoist and a level entry wet floor shower and that the accommodation has to be in Argyll & Bute – though we noticed that there is no option to select a midge-free zone.

Another useful website where you can search for suitable accommodation is Accessible Scotland. Part of Visit Scotland, this website has improved over the years and it too allows you to search for different types of accommodation with the option to refine your search so that if you need a wetroom and wheelchair access throughout, you can search for those features. Even if you are just looking for ideas for a day out, you will find information on there.

Then, once you have been on your break, why not post your opinions on where you’ve been on Euan’s Guide?

The brainchild of Euan MacDonald, who has had MND for over 10 years, this website was created to allow people to share their experiences of places they had visited; from towns and cities, hotels, theatres, post-offices right down to public loos, you can let others know whether or not you would recommend the place you visited.

If you need a little help funding your break, MND Scotland offers Time-Out-Grants which can be put towards the costs of your break.

Finally, if you need any help to find a break or require further information, please contact us.


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MND Scotland is the leading charity in Scotland providing care and support to people affected by Motor Neurone Disease (MND), as well as funding vital research into finding a cure.