Day Hospice

Attending day hospice can provide you with a valuable sense of purpose and routine whilst spending quality time with others. We can offer a wide range of uplifting therapies and activities to help boost your general sense of wellbeing. It can be a good way to help you and your family adapt to the changes and challenges that may be happening in your life.

We offer a space where you can just relax and be yourself. You may or may not want to talk about your situation. No problem. We put you and your needs first, so we won’t make you fit in with ‘our way’ of doing things.

Day hospice also gives you the opportunity to have your clinical needs assessed on an ongoing basis by our registered nurses. We also have team members available to support anyone who wishes to write an Advance Care Plan, documenting future wishes and preferences. This is something we are happy to enable for anyone who wishes to do this.

When is day hospice?

Patients can join us on a Wednesday each week, from 10.30 am to 4 pm. If you prefer not to come for a full day, you can just come for a certain activity or time that suits you. Family members are welcome to accompany you if you so wish.

The benefits for carers

Caring for someone with a life-limiting illness can have an impact on every aspect of your life. Our service offers carers a chance to have a break; do the shopping, go for a swim, see friends and family… whatever you need to do, day hospice can give you precious time to yourself.

You are of course more than welcome to join in with activities and meals and there are team members on hand should you wish to talk more with someone about what you’re experiencing, and any concerns you may have.

Day hospice services:

We offer a space where you can share experiences, have fun and find mutual support. Here’s a quick roundup of what we offer:

  • A large, homely lounge, dining area and conservatory.

  • A delicious, home-cooked vegetarian meal, made to suit any specific dietary requirements.
  • Art and craft workshops.
  • A hydraulic bath and chair lift for assisted bathing.
  • Holistic therapies, including reflexology, aromatherapy and massage.
  • A quiet space to rest or be alone.
  • Emotional and spiritual support.
  • Beautiful gardens, with countryside views beyond.

Making a referral

  • Day hospice is available to anyone over the age of 18 who has been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.
  • Anyone can make a referral – patient, family or healthcare professional.
  • All of our services are offered completely free of charge.

Day hospice can make a really big difference to your quality of life and feeling of independence, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Healthcare support worker volunteers and patients having lunch

How long can I use day hospice?

Following your initial assessment, you may attend day hospice for eight sessions – we will then reassess to see if we are meeting your needs. For some patients, this assessment may lead to a referral to another service, or we may agree to another eight sessions.

At this stage, it may be that our Companion Service will be more suitable to your needs, or you may be discharged from Skanda Vale Hospice for the time being. If at any point your circumstances and needs change, you need only pick up the phone to be assessed for returning.

Please get in touch to find out more