At Zoë's Place we provide respite for families who have a child aged between 0-5 years, who have a life limiting or life threatening condition. Caring for a child with complex needs can be difficult, time consuiming and tiring and so we are here to give that extra bit of support to the families, to make sure they get the breaks they may need to catch up on other things or even just to get some time to refresh themselves. There are many ways that we provide this respite, see below to find out more. Or click the button at the bottom to Email Us if you have any questions.
One to One Care
At Zoë’s Place we currently care for around 50 families and we are a 6-bed hospice, meaning that we can care for up to 6 babies at any one time. Our families recieve respite care from us on average for 2 nights per month, but we can also cater for special occasions and emergency respite. All of our Nurses and Senior Care Assistants are specially trained to care for babies with complex needs and there is always a dedicated member of staff caring for each child during their stay with us. This staff member will work with the families to devise a tailored care plan for each baby to ensure that we are fully meeting their needs. This can range from working around medication needs, to organising therapies, to helping create play activities and making memories. Our hospice is 24 hours, and so our staff are also assigned to provide this same care throughout the night.
Our Light Sensory Room is a great facility which we love being able to provide for our special babies. During their stay with us, this room is available at any point and can be used for many purposes, especially to provide a calm and relaxing environment. The Light Sensory Room combines a range of stimuli to help develop and engage the child’s senses. This includes lights, colours, sounds & sensory soft play objects. It helps those with learning difficulties, developmental disabilities or sensory impairments learn to interact with the world around them, but in a safe environment that builds up their confidence and their ability. It is also a safe place for them to explore in, as the soft play equipments means there is no fear of injury for the child.
It is important to provide play and stimulation for each baby during their stay with us. Our Play Leader will assess each child individually, to see what their abilities are so that they can tailor each session to their individual needs, and can inform and guide the rest of the staff on the best activities to suit them. Every child loves to play, and that is no exception to the little lives that we care for here at Zoë’s Place. Our soft play area, which was donated to us by the Steven Gerrard Foundation, provides a soft and safe environment for our babies to be able to play and have some freedom to explore, just like any other child. Whilst they are in there, we know that they are safe and they are able to have fun. The soft play area also provides a great place to provide Physiotherapy and a chance for our babies to get some exercise.
Our Garden’s allow us to provide an outside space for the babies to get out in the nice weather during the summer months. It is important for us to have this, especially if a baby is with us for longer periods of time. We have two gardens, and the first has a patio and a summer house to allow for play and sitting outside to eat together. The summer house is designed as a gingerbread house, and so it can be used for various different activities. During the winter we have even turned this into a grotto to provide some christmas fun for the babies. Our other garden is a sensory garden to encourage sensory development. It contains lots of different play activities, and also has a swing set, which can be adapted so that children who are in wheelchairs can also enjoy playing on them.