St Wilfrid’s Hospice can help carers find temporary, short term care for people with life-limiting conditions and their carers, to help families and partners take a break from caring.

This sort of care is known as ‘respite care’.

Benefits of respite care

Respite care is a chance for patients to be admitted to the hospice for a planned break of 1-2 weeks and gives the hospice clinical team a chance to look at any medical requirements you have and may need.

It also allows you to:

  • Have a break from a tiring home routine

  • Maintain your independence as far as possible

  • Have some time out so you can keep in good health and continue as a carer.

What respite care offers you

St Wilfrid’s Hospice gives carers and patients a rest and the opportunity to recharge themselves. Park and Coast wards at St Wilfrid’s contain 20 beds and are led by a skilled, caring and warm team of doctors and nurses.  

Throughout your stay the inpatient unit team on Park and Coast wards can help you maintain your routine or have a break from it – whatever you want! Some patients come in to improve their physical health and others may need less care. The Wellbeing team are able to help you improve aspects of your health on request or recommendation by the clinical team.

This service is provided free of charge (but we welcome donations).

Making a referral

You have a number of ways to access this care. You can ask your GP or a member of the hospice’s Hospice at Home team to make a referral to the ward.

Please don’t hesitate to call us at our Nurseline on 01323 43422 for more information.