Media Release: Cottages & Castles for carers

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ALZHEIMER Scotland is delighted to have received support from Scottish holiday let company, Cottages & Castles, who are offering the charity free luxury breaks across Scotland for those affected by dementia and their families.

Begins a spokesperson: “Two-thirds of people with dementia are cared for in their own homes by a family carer. Often, that person is someone who has had no formal training or preparation for the challenging role in which they find themselves

“Caring for someone with dementia can be both physically and mentally exhausting, impacting all aspects of the person’s life.

“Maintaining good health and emotional wellbeing helps carers continue in their role and better support the person they care for. For this reason, it is crucially important that carers are well supported and have access to regular respite and relaxation.”

Over 35 holiday lets have been offered to Alzheimer Scotland by property owners registered with Cottages & Castles.

This unique partnership between Alzheimer Scotland and Cottages & Castles will give families the opportunity to have a relaxing break, to recharge batteries and spend some quality time with their loved ones.

The company is also covering additional holiday expenses so that these breaks are genuinely free and truly relaxing for the families.Sue Bourne, manager of Cottages & Castles, said: “We were delighted to work with Alzheimer Scotland to offer carers and service users the chance to take a free holiday in some of Scotland’s most scenic regions.

“Everyone deserves to get-away and take time out somewhere peaceful.

“Cottages & Castles wanted to extend the chance to stay in our holiday homes to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to do so but deserve it more than anyone.

“We hope our partnership with Alzheimer Scotland will benefit as many families and individuals as possible and encourage other companies and individuals to consider what they could offer in support as well.”

Claire Turner, Alzheimer Scotland corporate fundraising manager, comments: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity shown by Cottages & Castles and the property owners.

“We hope that these well-deserved holidays will help to bring families together, improve carer well-being and better support carers across Scotland to cope with their dementia journey.”

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