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Supportive Services

Patient and Family Support

Our Patient and Family Support Team have skills and experience in health, social work, counselling and chaplaincy, offering a wide range of services. These include:

  • Practical support around benefits, finance, etc.
  • Assisting, if necessary, in arranging care services and support when patients go home from the Hospice.
  • Offering social, emotional and spiritual support to patients and their relatives.

Our dedicated team will also provide more general advice and assistance, including:

  • Making the time and space for you to talk with someone in private who will listen to your concerns.
  • Give you the opportunity to express your thoughts and feelings without judgement.
  • Help you to make sense of the things that are worrying you.
  • Offer practical suggestions that could help you to make decisions.
  • Assist you to make plans about things that are important to you.
  • Work with you while you adjust to changes happening in your life.

Children and Young People

St. Vincent’s Hospice is one of the few places to offer a dedicated bereavement support service specifically tailored towards helping children and young people (aged 2-18) cope with the loss of a loved one.

Other clinical services

There are also a range of complimentary therapies which are available to help patients and their families cope with illness, stress and wellbeing.



Our Physiotherapy Service is provided by our Day Hospice Manager, Sarah Mitchell. This is offered to individuals in our In-Patient unit, Day Hospice and people being looked after by our Community Nurse Specialist team.

At your first assessment, whether this is in the Hospice or your home, the Physiotherapist will chat to you about your problems and what they relate to.

They will then offer advice and make suggestions that may help alleviate some of your problems, putting together a treatment plan to be agreed upon by both of you. Our Physiotherapist will continue to work with you and assess your progress until you achieve your goals.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy (OT)

Our OT service is offered to patients attending Day Hospice, In-Patients, and those being supported by the Community Nurse Specialists and Patient and Family Support Services. At your first assessment the Occupational Therapist will discuss your needs and plan your treatment with you.

This may include looking at your priorities and different ways of dealing with everyday tasks, assessing your home and providing specialist equipment to enable you to be as independent as possible.

Children and Yound Services

Children and Young People Services

We work with parents, carers and schools to help make sure there is an avenue available for young people to cope with their grief and allow them to come to terms with major changes in their life in their own time, in a supportive and protected way.

Our Children and Young Persons Service delivers bereavement care to children and young people who are facing challenging times following a loved one’s diagnosis or loss due to a life limiting illness.

The Courageous Cubs provide support for children between two and 11 years old, while our LIonhearts work with people between 12 and 18.

Our qualified workers will meet with the child or young person on a regular basis at an appropriate pre-arranged time. This is completely confidential and allows the formation of a safe, therapeutic relationship.

This involves:

  • One to one work with a counsellor or bereavement worker.
  • Support groups for children, young people and their families.
  • Meetings at school, home or the Hospice.

We recognise that school staff have a great deal of expertise in supporting children and young people who are experiencing a bereavement. However, there are ways in which we can provide additional support if needed, including resources about bereavement, information, advice and signposting to training for staff and actively supporting the young person.