Hospice referrals

We help people with advanced illnesses to make the very most out of their time, by enabling them to stay independent for longer. Here are answers to some common questions about how to access our services:

  • When are you open?

    We are currently open for day care on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am til 3pm. We slowly working toward being open 24/7 for inpatient respite and end of life care. Currently we offer planned sessions of respite each month of up to 11 days in duration. Times of these respite sessions varies, and can be found on the Google calendar at the bottom of this page.

  • Who can use your services?

    All our services are offered completely free of charge to anyone over the age of 18 who has been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. We include the whole family in our approach, as many people can be affected when an illness develops.

  • Do I have to pay?

    Not a bean! All our services are completely free – we never ask patients or their carers for money, and we will never imply that you should make a contribution to your care.

  • How do I get referred?

    Anyone can make a referral. It could be the patient, a carer, or a family member, but we must have full consent from your GP, consultant or nurse before we can begin. Health and social care professionals can read more about making referrals at the bottom of this page.

  • What is your catchment area?

    We have no catchment area – there are no geographical restrictions. Most of our patients come from the three counties of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire as travelling can become an issue from further afield.

  • Do you offer clinical care?

    We have highly experienced palliative nurses providing clinical care during our inpatient respite sessions. Dates for overnight respite can be found in the diary below. In 2017 we hope to begin offering 24/7 respite.

  • Do I have to be religious?

    Absolutely not! We go to great lengths to ensure that everyone, regardless of their age, gender, culture or belief is made to feel equally welcome. We will protect our patients and their families from any individual or organisation with an unwanted evangelical agenda.

  • How are you funded?

    We are an independent charity with no government grant, funded through donations and fundraising events. So far we have raised over £1.75 million (including a grant of £500k from the Big Lottery Fund) towards our new inpatient hospice. This sum was raised on top of our daily running costs, so we have a strong track record of good financial management.

  • Do you care for children?

    As much as we would like to offer our services to people under the age of 18, children often have very specific needs that we are currently unable to meet. Have a look at Ty Hafan for specialist children's hospice care.

To access our services, please get in touch with our friendly team.

For Health Care Professionals

When should I make a referral?

At the earliest opportunity! Our day care respite service can help make a dramatic improvement in the ability of patients and their families to cope with challenging circumstances. The earlier a patient is referred, the more chance we have to help.

Our regional care network

We believe we can achieve far more for families if we work within a regional network of care providers. We are active members of the Hywel Dda Palliative Care Planning and Delivery Group, helping to coordinate services and enhance smooth transitions between care locations. Our new inpatient unit has been designed to complement, not compete with, existing regional services.

The benefits of our service

Typically we tend to work with people with troubling physical and/or emotional issues, who generally have a few months to live. Our holistic care services promote physical, practical, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing, boosting confidence and personal strength.

Our care outcomes

  • Reduced anxiety, isolation and depression through better access to information and professional / peer support.
  • Improved dignity and comfort through assisted bathing.
  • Reduced pain and tension through complementary therapies.
  • Reduced risk of crises at home or unplanned hospital admissions.

Find out more about our current day care respite service

Upcoming respite sessions
Here are all the planned respite session for this year.

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