Respite care | St Joseph's Hospice

Respite care

St Joseph’s Hospice also provides planned admissions to people with life-limiting conditions, with a focus on providing a break from home, and improving overall health and well-being. We call this our ‘respite and rehabilitation service’.
A Respite and Rehabilitation admission is an opportunity for you to come into the Hospice for a planned break (usually two weeks). During the admission, you can benefit from a range of services in the hospice (see FAQ section below)
Our service differs from respite care offered in nursing homes as we aim to work with patients towards agreed goals, making the most of our specialist teams. We often focus on maintaining independence and enablement.
During your stay, you can keep the same routines you have at home or adapt them with support from us. You may want to try to improve some aspect of your physical health. If you feel there is something you would like to change or improve we have therapists who can help you. 
If, whilst on the ward, your needs change and you require more medical input then we will transfer you to another part of the ward (usually within the Hospice) at the earliest opportunity. Your immediate needs are our first concern.
This service is provided entirely free of charge.
Reasons for admission to the respite and rehabilitation service
We admit patients to the service for the following reasons:
Palliative Rehabilitation ---  Carer respite  ---  Specialist multi-disciplinary team assessment  ---  Complex psychosocial/spiritual issues   ---   Supportive care, including supportive self-management.
Some types of admission such as end of life care, complex symptom management and specific treatments are not appropriate for a planned approach. 
All referrals are triaged fortnightly by a multi-disciplinary team made up of a doctor, nurses, physiotherapist, occupational therapist and social worker. This aims to ensure an holistic triage is undertaken. Please note this means there may be a short wait for a response to a referral. 
People eligible for this service:
- Have specialist palliative care needs and would benefit from an admission under one or more of the categories above
- Can be admitted for an admission planned weeks to months in advance, rather than an urgent admission
- Are stable enough not to require daily review by medical or therapies teams. We use a ‘RAG’ (red/amber/green) system to identify whether an urgent inpatient admission or planned respite and rehabilitation admission would be most appropriate.
Patients who are usually not eligible: 
- Those awaiting placement in long term care or those living in long term care
- Those who require specialist dementia care
- Those who require one to one care at all times
If you are unsure, please contact our team to discuss, as we will consider each request on an individual basis on 0300 30 30 400.


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Information for Your Stay

You may be anxious about coming to a hospice. While you are with us, we'll do everything we can to make your stay as comfortable as possible. This booklet will give you an idea of how to get here, what to bring with you, and what to expect when you arrive.

Respite Frequently asked questions

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