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Project information

Respite care for life-limited young adults

The J’s highly trained and experienced healthcare assistants provide 6-8 hour respite sessions in patients and their families own homes anywhere in Essex. Each visit comprises caring, nursing, family support and practical encouragement and help that decreases isolation and increases quality of life.


Charity information: The J's Hospice

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  • Need


    Life-limited children increasingly reach adulthood as a result of better medical care, but suffer great personal loss when those children’s services they had always used are removed after the age of 18. Facing isolation and a lack appropriate services that are focused around the difficulties of their condition (disability and complex health needs) and their social/emotional needs as a young adult they have nowhere to turn for support. The J’s Hospice works to address this problem holistically.


    Home based respite enables the young adult to lead fuller lives, to be able to go out, to access their community to be independent of their parents. It helps young people/young adults to make progress in addressing issues of aspirations, dreams, hopes, etc. The service enables more young people to have respite in the home to give their parents a much needed break. The service will facilitate the smooth transition from life limiting illness into end of life care. Families are cared for as well.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Recruit an additional J's Specialist Nurse and Health Care Assistant in early 2015


    » With funding in place, the J's Hospice will recruit appoint and train a Health Care Assistant to join the hospice at home team.

    What success will look like

    The J's Hospice seeks patient and family feedback through ongoing dialogue and formal questionnaires to ensure that individually, each person’s needs are met.

  • Impact


    The project has the potential to improve quality of life and confidence, including: access to work, education and social activities, improving family and social relationships, reducing instances of emergency hospital admissions and other GP interventions through improved management of patients’ conditions and earlier identification of arising health problems. Families will experience improved emotional, psychological and physical wellbeing


    This carefully designed service meets the high standards of safety as set out by the Care Quality Commission. All activities are risk assessed and risk managed.


    The J's Hospice is thankful to its donors and keeps all donors up to date through its newsletter, social media and mailing updates.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,000 Healthcare Assistant Salary To provide two months care in a young adult's own home
  • Background


    Based in Chelmsford, The J's Hospice service is providing care and support throughtout the county of Essex.


    The service will directly benefit the individual patient and their families, whilst indirectly supporting all people personally connected to them.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The J’s Hospice clinical team is skilled in delivering age appropriate specialist palliative care. It consists of a Clinical/care team Nursing Director. Nurse Leader, two Clinical Nurse Specialist, Staff Nurse, five Health Care Assistants, Counsellor, Music Therapist and purchased medical time. The Director Of Nursing is a leader in the field of ‘transition’ and hospice care for young adults. She has contributed significantly to national strategy documents in
    this field.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mrs Bev Barclay

    The J's Director of Nursing, Bev Barclay, has skillfully created and developed this service over the past four years and provides overall leadership.