You are here

Katharine House Hospice’s Respite for Carers service provides a home sitting service to enable carers to have a break from their caring role.

The service is offered to the main informal carer supporting a patient with an advanced life-limiting condition including Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, End Stage Heart and/or Respiratory Disease, End Stage Renal Disease and Cancer.

The service can be used to:

  • Enable carers to go out and have some time for themselves knowing that patients will be cared for at home
  • Provide companionship and support for patients
  • Engage patients in recreational activities such as simple massage, reading and listening to music
  • Preparation of light meals and drinks whilst the carer is out of the home

The service is managed by the At Home Team Staff Nurse.

The service is initially provided for a three month period when a review will take place about the continuation of the service. Each visit will be tailored to meet your needs, and can be from one hour to several hours, within the hours of 7.30am-9pm.

Staff are trained to provide basic care, they cannot lift or move people and furniture. They are not allowed to dispense or to be involved in any way with medications or treatments. Staff are trained in basic first aid but in an emergency will contact the ambulance service.

You can be referred to Respite for Carers with your consent by your District Nurse, GP or any other health or social care professional. Following a referral the Day Unit Sister will visit you at home. If we can meet your needs, she will contact you to confirm the times and dates of sits.

The carer will be required to return home fifteen minutes before the end of the sit. Your District Nurse will be contacted to advise them of Katharine House Hospice’s involvement. At the end of each month, the At Home Team Staff Nurse will contact you to arrange the times, dates and name of the home sitter.

For more information about this service contact the At Home team on 01785 254645 or email
Fax referral to 01785 247803 using the patient referral form available below. Faxes will be processed 08.30- 17.00 Monday to Friday


Patient at home
Nurse holding patent's hands