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Project information

Respite Bed Project

Our new Respite Bed Service offers nurse-led support for people who have life-limiting illnesses. The Respite Bed is provided for people so that the person who usually cares for them can have a period of time to themselves, to recharge and recuperate.

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: St Michael's Hospice, Hastings and Rother

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  • Need


    Patients – Some people with a life-limiting illness living in their own home may need some time away from their everyday environment. Looking around at the same four walls may have a negative effect on their health and well-being.

    Carers – The demands of supporting a person with a life-limiting illness can be challenging; physically, emotionally and financially, with the anxiety of being on hand 24-hours a day.


    Patients - Our Respite Bed Service will support patients for a maximum week’s stay so that they can spend time in a supportive environment with a qualified team of nursing and care staff.

    Carers - To know that your loved one is being cared for by a qualified team of nurses and carers would be so beneficial. A respite break would mean a carer will have some quality time to do some things they would like to do - a well-earned holiday - ultimately improving their own health and well-being.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    For patients - A supportive environment with a qualified team of nursing and care staff.


    » Provide one Respite Bed open all year in our Hospice In-Patient Unit.

    What success will look like

    The respite bed will be occupied throughout the year apart from patient changeover days. Patients will feed back on their improved well-being due to a change in their environment

    Aim 2

    For carers - The Service will provide a carer with some time out from caring.


    » By providing a Respite Bed open all year on our Hospice In-Patient Unit, carers will be able to have some time out from caring for a loved one.

    What success will look like

    We will gather feedback from carers as to how the respite bed has helped them do activities which they were unable to do before and with their improved sense of well-being.

  • Impact


    Information from the charity Carers Trust www.carers.org states that:
    • In a survey, carers providing more than 50 hours of care per week are twice as likely to report ill-health as those not providing care
    • Carers providing high levels of care were associated with a 23% higher risk of stroke

    So, our long-term aim is to help carers improve their health and well-being. We will monitor this through feedback forms and evaluation undertaken by the head of nursing.


    There is a risk that the service will not be used to full capacity. However, we are very confident that this service will be in very high demand.

    We will liaise with healthcare professionals e.g. GPs surgeries to raise awareness of the service and to encourage referrals from both patients and carers.


    We will provide a regular update to donors to share news of the service and how their donations have helped those in need.

    We will also feature an article in our newsletter reporting on the success of the service and how The Big Give Christmas Challenge supported this.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £13,350

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      Amount Heading Description
      £13,350 Respite Bed 50 days cost of running respite bed service
  • Background


    The location of the project will be in our Hospice In-Patient Unit in St Leonard's on Sea. The service will be open to people within our catchment area which runs from Bexhill across to Camber and from Hastings up to Ticehurst in East Sussex. However, in contrast to popular images of the ‘prosperous South East’ our catchment’s most populated area, Hastings & St Leonards, is the most deprived district in East Sussex and the seven most deprived wards in East Sussex each fall into this district.


    Adults with life-limiting illnesses and their carers who are from our catchment area.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have 31 years solid experience of providing nursing care and support to people with life-limiting illnesses.

    Each year we help approximately 1,250 people with services that include:
    • 22 bed in-patient unit, each offering new private en-suite bedrooms
    • Day Therapy, Hospice at Home, night-sitting and Hospice Neighbours services
    • Bereavement, chaplaincy and social care support for patients and their families

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jacquie Hackett

    Director of Nursing and Quality.