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Day Care

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Only Health Care Professionals can make a referral to this service.

St. Clare's Day Unit provides 20 places each day Monday to Friday and is open between 10am-3.30pm.  There is a timetable of activities arranged over the week for patients to access including: computer classes, arts and crafts, exercise classes, educational visits and entertainment shows. We can also refer our day patients for a week/fortnights respite to the In-Patient Unit should the need be required and bed availability.

Day Services

What is Day Care?

Day Care is one of the services provided by St. Clare’s Hospice that offers support to guests with life limiting conditions, some of these include:

  • Cancer
  • Heart Failure
  • Motor Neurone Disease

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD)   

The Day Care Unit is a friendly place where patients can access various services to help with their physical, emotional, psychological, social and spiritual wellbeing.

Who is in the Team?

The Day Care team consists of:

  • Nursing Sister
  • 2 x Health Care Assistants
  • Ambulance Driver
  • Team of Volunteers

When is Day Care Available?

The Day Care Unit is open Monday to Friday 10am – 3.30pm. There are up to 20 places available per day and patients are generally offered 1 day per week depending on their needs. Transport can be provided free of charge to those patients unable to make their own way to the Hospice.


What Services are Available?

All Day Care patients have a nursing assessment and where needed, a medical assessment on their first visit to identify any needs prior to accessing the clinical services on offer which include:

  • Physiotherapy - to aid with mobility needs / independence
  • Lymphoedema Care – Primary or secondary generally resulting in swelling of the limbs
  • Complementary Therapy – to help reduce stress and anxiety and to promote relaxation
  • Counselling Services – Bereavement support
  • Occupational Therapy – Help at home with aids to maintain safety / independence
  • Social Worker - Assessment for care support at home/longer term
  • Befriending Service – Social support at home (this service is time specific and is reviewed after 6 weeks)
  • Carer Support – This service runs every 3 months on a drop in basis

The Day Care unit also runs a programme of social activities which patients can get involved with throughout the day, some of these include: Daily exercise classes, computer classes (including beginners), visiting speakers, performers, arts and crafts (including jewellery making, candle decoration and card making) water painting, film days, theme days, drama groups, outings to places of interest, music therapy and our most popular pastime - Bingo!

Who can make a referral?

Any health professional involved in the patients care can make a referral to day services. Patients will generally be contacted within 2 weeks of the referral being received with a date and time for assessment.

Contact / representative:

Jacki Richardson, Day Care Sister 0191 451 6378

[email protected]