Short breaks

Caring for a life-limited child or young person is emotionally and physically exhausting, particularly at times of change or when a child is nearing the end of their life. That’s why we offer short breaks to families when they need it most.

Planned short breaks

Planned short breaks at the hospice can give families the opportunity to leave their child overnight in a safe environment where they will receive all the specialist care they need as well as lots of opportunities to socialise and have fun.

Families tell us that having a complete break gives them the opportunity to do things they wouldn’t normally be able to do, such as pop to the hairdressers, do some shopping or have a well deserved meal out with their partner. Some families may chose to stay at the hospice with their child, in one of the family flats, which allows them to enjoy family time together.

We provide specialist short breaks to families based on the medical condition of the child or young person and on the urgent support needs of the family at the time.

Emergency short breaks

Occasionally, a family may require short notice support due to an unexpected situation that arises. This may include situations such as the child’s main carer being taken ill, deterioration of the condition of the sick child or a major facilities failure at home for a prolonged period.

At Shooting Star Children’s Hospices we pride ourselves on our flexible care and will always do our best to support a family in a crisis situation.

“Shooting Star Children’s Hospices provides a lifeline. To know your child is in the hands of fully qualified professionals and is in an environment tailored to all their needs gives you total trust and confidence to leave your child.”