National charity Revitalise are offering their centres for care support rather than holidays to anyone who needs it, including to help the NHS free up hospital beds.
Revitalise have been creating holidays for disabled people and their carers for over 55 years. But during the current COVID-19 crisis, they are offering their facilities, care and nursing teams to support disabled people who can no longer get the care they need at home, and the NHS.
Many disabled people are supported by one family member, or a private carer who visits them at home, and can very quickly be at risk if that person becomes ill – unable to get support, or even basic supplies.
Anybody who is worried about whether their care support at home can continue, should contact Revitalise, who are able to offer long or short stays with full care support in place. Revitalise Jubilee Lodge in Chigwell, Essex and Revitalise Sandpipers in Southport are both fully accessible, with equipment including hoists, profiling beds and airflow mattresses. The teams are comprised of Registered Nurses and Care Assistants and they are rated Good by the Care Quality Commission.
Revitalise Netley Waterside House in Hampshire is providing all its 39 spaces to the NHS. The holiday centre will instead be welcoming patients from local hospitals who do not have the virus; freeing up hospital beds for people who do. Revitalise is proud to be able to support the NHS and help fight the crisis at a time like this, but is looking forward to welcoming guests back for more unforgettable holidays once we all emerge from COVID-19.
Martyn Sibley, creator of Disability Horizons, commented on the news:
”I’ve always admired Revitalise’s work creating proper holidays for disabled people. What they are doing now has made me even more impressed. Many disabled people need support at home, including me, and it’s wonderful to know this option is there with Revitalise. There is a genuine risk that many care services will cease while the priority is the Coronavirus crisis, and that can leave disabled people anxious and isolated. Not only that, but the people at Revitalise are also working directly to support the NHS and help us all get through this. Bravo Revitalise.”
Vice President of Revitalise Dame Judi Dench also said:
“It is times like these that make me so proud to be Revitalise’s Vice President. Our wonderful NHS is under a great deal of strain, and during this difficult time, kindness and support will help them to fight the crisis. That is exactly what Revitalise are doing. I know how valuable the work they do for disabled people and their carers is, and I am thrilled to see that they are supporting both disabled people and the NHS during such a critical time.