Respite Care

Respite care supports caregivers by providing an opportunity for a temporary break from caring. We can fund short-term breaks for caregivers which not only alleviates stress, but also restores energy and balance to their lives.

If you or someone in your family needs respite care, the Seafarers Hospital Society may be able to help.

Residential respite care at Springbok and Mariners’ Park

The Seafarers Hospital Society has special arrangements with Care Ashore’s Springbok Estate in Surrey and at Nautilus’ Mariners’ Park, Wallasey in Cheshire, where respite care beds and holiday breaks are available. Depending on your circumstances, we may be able to help you with a grant towards the cost of a stay. To find out more about Springbok see http://www.careashore.org

One-off grants for respite care elsewhere

We also provide one-off grants for respite care elsewhere. click here for more information.

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