What to expect from day hospice

What to expect from day hospice

“It’s like a home from home – in fact it is better ... This is the highlight of my week.”

We apologise that our Day Hospice services are currently suspended at all sites as a precaution to protect our patients, staff and volunteers. Our community team remain able to support patients remotely and at home – please contact your Hospiscare nurse contact if you have any questions or concerns.

What happens in a day hospice?

Our day hospices offer a warm and friendly environment, and are designed to help you:

  • Get the information and advice you need to make the most of every day
  • Be more active and able so that you can keep your independence
  • Enjoy socialising and getting involved


We organise a range of activities each week. There’s never any pressure to take part – some people just enjoy meeting up with new friends for a chat. Regular opportunities include:

  • Discussions about your goals and what you want to achieve
  • Specialist advice to help you stay as comfortable and independent as possible
  • Massage and other complementary therapies
  • Gentle exercises, such as seated yoga
  • Craft activities
  • Quizzes, games and celebrations
  • Freshly cooked lunch

“I’m very happy with the care that I received in the day hospice. We have a lot of fun and spend most of the day laughing.”


What time does a day hospice start and finish?

People start arriving from 10am. We serve a hot lunch around 12.30pm, followed by afternoon tea and cake. The day finishes at 3pm.


How will I get there?

Some of our patients drive themselves or ask someone to bring them. If you don’t have transport and can’t access public transport, please let us know. We’ll try to arrange for a volunteer to collect you and drop you home.


Do I need to bring anything with me?

Please bring any medication you might need during the day.


Is there a charge for attending a day hospice?

No, there’s no charge, but we have a suggested donation of £10-£20 per day.


Will I see a nurse?

Our specialist nursing team is available throughout the day if you need advice on symptom management, medication, self-care or other areas of healthcare.

“It’s lovely – it’s genuine – it’s not rushed – I feel listened to, an individual. It’s what I need.”


Can I attend a day hospice?

Please ask your Hospiscare nurse if you want to come along to one of our day hospices. We’ll then invite you in for a chat, so that we can agree what support will be most beneficial to you. A friend or family member can come to the meeting if you like. If we determine that this is the right time for you to attend a day hospice, you’ll be offered a regular session at your local hospice for up to six months.


What other outpatient services are offered by Hospiscare?

You can read all about our services here. We also run regular events and activities, including drop-in cafés, Knit and Natter, a legal clinic and a monthly film night. Please read our What’s On booklet for more information.


Where can I get more information?

Our full day hospices leaflet can be read here.   You can also call us on 01392 688000 if you have any questions.

“We have a good laugh and time to forget about our illness. We are all in the same boat.”

How to get support

We work with people who have a life-limiting illness across the heart of Devon. If you believe you’d benefit from our support, please speak to your GP about being referred. Find out more

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