Respite care

Round-the-clock care can be physically and emotionally draining for families. Respite care at Demelza provides a rest from caring, which helps to restore a sense of normality to family life.

Whether it’s catching up with housework, doing the shopping or having a holiday, families tell us this valuable support enables them to do things they may not ordinarily have the opportunity to do. It also gives parents time to focus on their other children, who can sometimes feel overlooked or isolated.

Respite care is one of the services that may be offered following a child's assessment, if there is an unmet need. Day care and overnight stays at our hospices, Demelza Kent and Demelza SEL, offer children and young people a fun and therapeutic experience and respite is also provided by Demelza Community across East Sussex in the comfort of the family home.

With supervision of Demelza staff, children and young people can also experience fun activities outside of the home or hospice, such as horse riding, which some families may have been unable to do without support.