Dementia NI is facilitating a Short Breaks programme to support people living with dementia and their informal carers /family.

Short Breaks Programme

Who can benefit from a Short Break?

  • A person with a diagnosis of dementia and their family/friend.
  • The nominated informal carer / family carer of a person with dementia and a guest.
  • A Dementia NI member

What are the benefits?

An overnight stay in one of the participating hotels specified on the list including breakfast. Only ONE room can be booked under this scheme.

Who can apply for a short break?

  • A person with a diagnosis of dementia can apply.
  • An informal/family carer cannot apply themselves. They must be nominated by the person they care for, or by a Health and Social Care professional.

Can eligible participants take their breaks separately?

  • If you are a current member of Dementia NI, this may be an option for you to attend on your own without a family member (at most participating hotels). Please discuss this with the Dementia NI Development Manager or your Empowerment Officer.
  • If you are being referred from outside Dementia NI, then a person with a diagnosis of dementia must be accompanied by a friend/family member.
  • An informal carer can go on their own, or with a partner/friend. However, the form must be signed by a member of staff from one of the Health and Social Care Trusts or a GP for any non-Dementia NI members.

How do I apply?


Register for the scheme by completing and returning the form below.

  1. Choose a hotel for your break
  2. Complete a Short Break Scheme registration form
  3. Give the form to your Healthcare Professional (Non-Dementia NI Members only)
  4. Please post the forms to Dementia NI Address

Download Short Break Registration Form

What happens next?

  • Places on the scheme are limited. Once we receive your form at Dementia NI, we will contact you by letter or email to let you know if a short break is still available.
  • The breaks are offered on a first come, first served basis. We will also operate a waiting list in case of any cancellations.
  • If your application is successful, we will send you the instructions for booking your short break at your chosen hotel. You can then contact the hotel to organise your break following the instructions on your confirmation letter.

Please do not book a break before you receive a confirmation letter.

Will travel be provided to and from the hotel?

No, travel is NOT included in the Short Break programme. You will need to make your own travel arrangements.

Is a short break guaranteed?

No. Short breaks are offered subject to availability to people who are eligible to join the scheme.

Please contact Dementia NI for a full list of Terms and Conditions.

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