The facilities at Claire House have been designed to create a home from home environment, whilst enabling children and young people with often very complex healthcare needs to be cared for to the highest standard and to be able to access facilities and experiences that most other children take for granted.
The Claire House team get to know each and every child we care for, what they like and what makes them smile, whether that be in the hydrotherapy pool, or having fun in the ‘Hub’ immersive therapy or light room.
- Hydrotherapy pool
- Hub immersive therapy/light room
- 10 individual bedrooms all with track hoisting (four of which are specifically for young people aged 13 upwards)
- ‘The Den’ and a separate lounge/dining room for young adults
- A fantastic arts and crafts room
- Wheelchair accessible vehicles to take children and young people out on trips
- A large garden with wheelchair accessible outdoor activities, sensory and quiet areas
- En-suite accommodation upstairs for parents to stay if they wish (this often helps for the first visits to build up trust and confidence in the care team)
A day at Claire House
A day at Claire House
A day at Claire House is built around the individual needs of your child. We work closely with family and carers to build a care plan that fits your child’s timings and routine.
The day begins. The day shift staff arrive. They meet with the night staff to discuss the needs of each child, how they slept and if they have any issues or problems. They also prepare for the arrival of new visitors.
Breakfast. Families who have stayed overnight enjoy breakfast together. This may be a rare occasion for them to enjoy a meal without having to worry about their child’s medical needs; all of that is taken care of by our staff.
The children arrive. It can often take several hours to make sure the children are settled into their rooms and all their medical needs are taken care of. If it is a family’s first time at Claire House, we’ll spend time discussing what they’d like to get out of their time at the hospice.
Playtime! There is so much to do at Claire House and our visitors can entertain themselves however they want. We have our arts and crafts room, where everyone makes a mess with glitter and paint, or sensory room, where lights, texture and sound help children interact and make sense of their surroundings.
Lunch. Everyone sits down in the dining room to enjoy lunch. Staff, families and volunteers enjoy each other’s company over a home cooked meal, made in our kitchens. Visitors will also often join us and there’s plenty of room at the table.
The afternoon. Our families will continue to enjoy their time at the hospice. If the sun shines, our specially adapted swings and roundabouts are a winner or we cosy up with a DVD on rainy days. We often arrange a visit to the beach at New Brighton, go and see the animals at the zoo or take the older children shopping.
Dinner time is another opportunity for everyone to get together. Some of the children require considerable assistance or are fed through a tube, so it’s often a busy time for the Claire House staff.
Evening. Each guest at Claire House has their own room and at least one nurse to make sure they’re well looked after. There’s no bedtime, or ‘lights out’ but children often start to drift off to sleep after a busy day.