Inpatient respite provides an opportunity for you and your carers to recharge, gain a fresh perspective and receive expert help with specific issues. We currently offer respite for periods of up to 11 days at a time, though you are welcome to stay with us for a shorter period of time if that suits you better.

How can inpatient respite care help me?

Inpatient respite care can be helpful when there is a change in your illness, or if there is a crisis at home. Our person-centred 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 experienced nurses can assess your current needs in a safe, non-clinical environment, and provide feedback to your GP or consultant. Our holistic therapies can also help with pain management, anxiety, depression and general wellbeing.
  • 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-limiting illness raises many questions, doubts and concerns about life and death. Our team have a wealth of experience and are always on hand to listen and help when needed. We can arrange for your own minister or spiritual leader to visit.



Respite for the family

  • For family carers, respite is a chance to have a break from the daily routine 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 – there are no set visiting times.
  • Patients and their families have their own kitchenette to prepare snacks and simple meals whenever they want.

What we can offer you

  • 6 ensuite bedrooms, 4 of which have access to a bed-accessible balcony overlooking the garden.
  • Free high-speed wifi and hotel-style TV entertainment system.
  • 24-hour nursing care.
  • A flexible care routine – as much like your home routine as possible.
  • Specialist care equipment including; pressure-relieving mattresses, ceiling hoists, remote control curtains, high-quality electronic beds and assisted bathing facilities.
  • A consultation with a medic from the Carmarthen Palliative Care Team.
  • Access to all our day hospice services, including our full range of holistic therapies.



Making a referral for respite

  • Our service is available to anyone over the age of 18, diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, with palliative care needs.
  • Referrals can be made by patients, carers, or healthcare professionals.
  • Referrals are based on need, not geography and are subject to assessment.
  • Anyone who meets our pre-referral criteria is eligible to use our service, as long as they can travel comfortably and safely to the hospice.
  • All services at Skanda Vale Hospice are offered completely free of charge.
Here are our planned respite sessions for this year

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