Respite Care


Some of us manage to stay fit and active until well into old age. Others need help with things like getting in and out of bed, washing or dressing. And some of us need help 24 hours a day.

Providing day-to-day care often becomes the responsibility of a wife or husband or another family member or friend – they become the carer. But if you’re the friend or partner of a seafarer you may be getting older yourself, and you may have your own health problems. So caring for someone else isn’t going to be easy and a short break could make all the difference.

If this sounds like you or someone in your family, the Seafarers Hospital Society may be able to help.

How can the Society 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.

One-off grants for respite care elsewhere
We also provide one-off grants for respite care elsewhere.

How do I find out more?

To find out more about respite care and breaks at Springbok and Mariners’ Park and for guidance on grants for respite care elsewhere, call us on 020 8858 3696, email or write to us at 29 King William Walk, Greenwich, London SE10 9HX.

To find out more about Springbok see also