Our hospices provide a happy home-from-home environment where children can experience all kinds of great activities, meet new friends or relax and enjoy some quiet time. Our experienced, skilled staff specialise in children’s palliative care and take time to understand each child’s individual requirements, listen to any concerns and adapt activities according to their needs.
We aim to make every day a child spends with us a special one. This could include:
As well as fun and sociable activities, when children stay at Acorns they have their own private bedroom and time to call their own. Bedrooms have their own TV and DVD player and each hospice has a wonderful selection of different DVDs and CDs for all ages. There is also plenty of space for those seeking a quiet spot plus storybooks and willing storytellers for those who enjoy a good book. Find out more about how we provide a safe and comfortable environment for children during short breaks.
Often young people will book stays with their friends but don’t worry if they don’t know anyone yet – they soon will! They are also occasionally allowed to choose some well deserved treats (just like at home) such as a long soak in the bath, a late night film and pizza or a lazy lie in the following day. Children are also able to use their mobile and laptop in the hospice or our child protected computers so they can keep in touch with their family and friends.
We understand that the needs of newborn babies and the support their families require may be different. Which is why at each of our hospices there is a dedicated nurse with special responsibility for the delivery of antenatal and neonatal palliative care.
Our kitchen staff pride themselves in providing really tasty food to cater for all different and varied tastes. Our staff will of course tailor meals to vegetarian, halal and the children’s specific requirements.
Feeding tubes are a very normal sight at Acorns as many children in our care are unable to get their nutrition orally. Acorns care staff are highly trained and able to manage various different kinds of tube feeding.