We provide short-term care in our Inpatient Unit – usually between seven and 10 days. It is a safe and comfortable environment for patients, where they can receive dedicated medical and nursing care and input from Dorothy House professionals.
The unit has nine bedrooms and can accommodate 10 patients (one room is shared). All the rooms have en suite facilities, beautiful views and easy wheelchair access to the grounds. Each bed has a TV, DVD, CD and cassette player, as well as a cordless telephone. Wireless internet is available throughout the hospice, and we have a laptop which people can borrow.
Visitors are welcome at any time, but they may be limited if a patient needs rest or they are receiving personal care. We welcome children and have a family room for visitors, with a TV, DVD player, Xbox, toys, and arts and craft equipment.
Patients may be admitted to the Inpatient Unit:
- to have their needs assessed and for relief of difficult symptoms such as pain or anxiety.
- to give a full-time carer a break.
- to help them adjust to physical changes resulting from their illness, and to allow the physiotherapy and occupational therapy team to work closely with them.
- for the last few days of their lives.
As we are a small unit we do not have the capacity for patients to remain with us long-term if their condition has stabilised. We take each individual on a case-by-case basis and assess complexity of need and prognosis. We have the potential for utilising Continuing Health Care funding but a patient must meet specific criteria.
Listen to Alison’s experiences of the Inpatient Unit at Dorothy House Hospice Care