Inpatient respite care

  • A comfortable pair of slippers on a grey woven rug

What is inpatient respite care?

Inpatient respite care involves staying with us in the hospice, for up to 11 days at a time. It provides an opportunity for you and your carers to recharge, gain fresh perspective and receive expert help with specific issues.

How can inpatient respite care help me and my family?

Inpatient respite care is particularly helpful when caring for someone at home becomes too pressurised, or when there is a significant development in your illness. It can also be helpful when you make the transition from hospital to your normal place of care. We offer a safe, caring environment to relax and recuperate after surgery or treatment. Our whole-person approach can help with whatever is troubling you, whether it’s practical, physical, emotional, social or spiritual in nature:

  • Practical: We can review your practical needs to make sure you are accessing all the benefits, care and assistance you need at home. We can help you get your affairs in order.
  • Physical: Our trained nursing staff can monitor your care routine in a safe, controlled environment, and provide detailed and informed feedback to your GP or consultant. Our holistic therapies can also help with pain management, anxiety and depression.
  • Emotional & social: If you’ve never been to a hospice before, you’ll be surprised at how welcoming and uplifting it is. Whether you prefer peace and quiet – or a chance to talk things through with people who have the time and who really care, we will do all we can to make you feel at home.
  • Spiritual: For many people, a life-threatening illness raises many questions, doubts and fears about life and death. Our team have a wealth of experience and are always on hand to listen and help when needed. Of course, we are more than happy to arrange for your own religious minister to be a part of your care plan.

For family carers, respite is a chance to have a break from the hard work of caring. Use the time off as a chance to go on holiday, or just catch up with yourself. Family and friends will always be warmly welcomed at the hospice.

Who can use the inpatient respite care service?

  • Our service is available to anyone over the age of 18, diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.
  • Referrals can be made by patients, carers, or healthcare professionals.
  • Referrals are based on need, not geography and are subject to assessment. Anyone is eligible to use our service, regardless of where they live.
  • All services at Skanda Vale Hospice are offered completely free of charge.

When will the inpatient respite care service be available?

Here are all the planned respite session for this year.


  • “The physical and emotional demands of looking after someone who is terminally ill are intense and sometimes too much for their family and friends to cope with alone, without significant support. Through organisations within the community, support may be given at home, but this is not always sufficient to meet the needs of the individual and their loved ones, and often time away from the home is essential in providing a period of true rest and respite for the carers. I know that Skanda Vale Hospice will be providing an excellent standard in palliative care and am only too happy to support them wholeheartedly in this venture.”
    Kiera Jones – palliative care nurse

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