Day care and short breaks

If you're caring for a child or young person with a life-threatening illness, often for 24 hours a day, seven days a week you can feel like a huge strain has been placed on your family life.

We hear families telling us that their lives are governed by the timetable of nursing and medical needs.

Our day care and short break services aim to ease this pressure.


We will complete a holistic needs assessment with you to determine what is important to your family.  During this process we will work with you to identify your family goals, one of which may be to access care provision from the hospice team.  For some families they may identify that an occasional overnight short break in the hospice building or day care session in the hospice building or family home for their child or young person is what they would benefit from most.  There is also the option for families to stay with their child or young person at the hospice, if they would like to.

During a short break or day care session at the hospice, your child or young person will have access to several activities including play, music, art and craft or may enjoy use of our sensory rooms and outside spaces.

The value of short breaks


"Knowing we have that trip to EACH is a light – I know that one day a week I’ll be able to have a little break. Our visits just take the pressure off - it gives me time to take a breath, take a nap if I want to, catch up with paperwork or just have some time to myself. For Erin, it’s a day out. She loves it there, she feels safe and I can relax because I know it’s a safe space and she is being cared for. There are very few places I can take my child and know it’s a safe space – EACH is one of them."

Helen, Erin's mum


“The Nook was such a safe haven for those 48 hours – it was quite literally pure bliss. We had our own corridor, we had our meals cooked for us – we didn’t have to worry about anything. We were left alone as much as we wanted but we knew that someone was there to support us and nothing was too much trouble for the staff. It was our final time to spend together as a family."

Kelly and Gary, Annabel's parents


“The family area was a home-from-home. We were well looked after by the staff, who seemed to love the fact they had people to look after! We felt like we were with family.”

Michelle, Callum's mum

Other kinds of support

Physio and occupational therapy


Symptom Management

Specialist play

Art therapy

Music therapy

Care at end of life

Sensory Rooms

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