Crisis & emergency respite stays

We completely understand that sometimes you may need a break from the physical and emotional impact of caring for your child.

Respite support should be available from your local health or social care team but we know that this isn’t always available. There may be times when your child’s care needs are more complex and demanding or perhaps a family situation means you need some additional support. If this is the case, we will do our best to offer you a short respite stay.


How we can support you

Whatever your circumstances, we’ll try to support you and make sure your child’s needs and those of your whole family are met. If we are not able to offer a respite stay we will work with you to see what other support might help. With your permission we will also work with your local health and social care teams to try and get you the support you need.

Expert professional care

Throughout their stay with us, your child will be allocated a named nurse or healthcare support worker, depending on their individual needs. They will also receive expert care and support from our other professionals during their short break.

Relaxing accommodation

For your child:

We have up to ten private bedrooms for children. These are comfortable, relaxing spaces which feature individual temperature controls and offer plenty of space for special items and equipment from home.

For your family:

Our family rooms are situated near our bedrooms for children. We’ve carefully designed each room with rest and relaxation in mind. For many families, our accommodation is a great base from which to have days out and enjoy quality time together.

Activities for all

For your child:

During their stay with us, your child has access to a range of therapies, including hydrotherapy, complementary therapies and music therapy. We’ll also organise lots of play time and activities for them to get involved in so they have plenty of fun.

For your family:

At our hospice, you and your family can simply relax in our gardens or take part in activities involving your child. We also have a dedicated area for young people, which features a gaming zone and cinema room. And, of course, you could go further afield and explore the local area, which includes beautiful beaches, theme parks, museums and galleries, and much more.

We wouldn’t know what to do without that respite and care, because we rely on it so much. It would cause a lot more strain on our family and the mental health of everyone in the family: me, my siblings and my parents.

- William

Get emotional support today

If you’d like to speak to someone about how you’re feeling, including any fears and concerns you may be experiencing, we can help.

We have highly trained family support practitioners who have lots of experience listening to and supporting the parents of children with life-shortening illnesses.

Call 02920 532200 or email familysupport@tyhafan.org to arrange to speak to a family support practitioner today.

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Our highly experienced care professionals follow best practice clinical guidelines to manage pain and other symptoms.

Therapy and sensory play support

Our range of therapies include music therapy, play therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and complementary therapies such as massage and aromatherapy.

End-of-life care

We’ll make sure your child and your family receive the practical, emotional and spiritual support you need at the end of your child’s life.

Bereavement support

If your child dies, you’re likely to go through an intensely painful experience and struggle to return to normal life.