Staying with us on the Inpatient Unit

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Staying on our Inpatient Unit is like having a ‘home from home’. It is a private and dignified space for individuals and families to stay, when round-the-clock care and support is needed.
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Who stays with us on our Inpatient Unit?

Our Inpatient Unit is for adults over the age of 18, who are living with a terminal or life-limiting illness. We offer specialist medical, personal and supportive care to those who stay with us.

People stay on our Inpatient Unit when they need support to help manage symptoms related to their illness, and to get any pain under control.

Sometimes, people stay on our Inpatient Unit when they are coming to the end of their life, and require care to stay comfortable and to feel peaceful.

Our multidisciplinary care teams will be able to support you in various ways related to both your physical condition and mental wellbeing, as well as assisting with any practical arrangements you’d like to address.

People tend to stay with us for a few days, up to a few weeks. The length of stay depends on the individual, though the average is around 10 days. When you are discharged from our Inpatient Unit to return home, your future care is carefully planned with our hospice teams and other professionals in the local community.

What is it like to stay on our Inpatient Unit?

Our Inpatient Unit is made up of eight private, homely bedrooms with an en-suite and outdoor patio, backing onto our extensive gardens and grounds which are beautifully maintained and cared for. You will have your own bedroom, equipped with specialist equipment to help aid comfort and independence during your stay with us.

In the middle of the Inpatient Unit, there is a communal area with sofas, armchairs and a table, for our patients and their relatives to relax in. There is also a small kitchen area supplied with refreshments, eating utensils, a microwave and a fridge.

During your stay, you will have access to home-cooked meals three times a day, as well as snacks and drinks as required. You will be able to choose your meals from a menu, though any special requests or dietary requirements will of course be catered for.

Throughout each day, you may be visited by different members of our multidisciplinary team who will discuss your care with you, sometimes offering you medication to help control your physical symptoms. The team consists of professionals such as:

  • Doctors, nurses and nursing assistants
  • Physiotherapists and occupational therapists
  • Counsellors and social workers
  • A Chaplain or a preferred faith leader

To read about how any of the above professionals can support you during your stay, please click the links above or visit our Meet the team page by clicking here.

If you have any questions about staying with us on our Inpatient Unit, please do get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you.

Call us on 01279 773700

Email us on patients@stclarehospice.org.uk


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Front cover of leafletWelcome to the IPU: A patient’s guide

This leaflet aims to answer some frequently asked questions about the Inpatient Unit and give you a brief insight into the services we offer which you may use during your stay.

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