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Douglas House

Helping terminally ill young people to live life to the full

Douglas House

Helping terminally ill young people to live life to the full

Life can be isolating for young people living with terminal illness. Making the transition to adulthood is difficult enough as it is, but gaining independence is virtually impossible when you rely heavily on carers, hospital staff and parents. For the young adults who come to us, social interaction with other young people facing similar experiences can make a huge difference.

Douglas House is a welcoming space where terminally ill young people can make their own choices and experience new things, while still having access to the specialist care and support they need. Surrounded by peaceful grounds, yet a stone’s throw from the lively Cowley Road, Douglas House has so much to offer.

‘It is lovely to have somewhere to come to without my mum and dad and know that I will be properly looked after. It is my special place. (…) I get all the help I need and my mum is confident that all my feeds and medicines are given to me correctly. I’m not worried about having a seizure at Douglas House as there is always someone close by and they have a listening system in the rooms.’ – Elysia

Take a look around Douglas House

Opened in 2004, Douglas House is a hospice for young adults aged between 16 and 35. It’s designed to meet all the medical and social needs of our patients, helping them to pursue their own interests and goals and live life to the full, even when that life is short.

“It is very valuable to have a place to go where you feel at home and can have some space from the family. The older you get with a disability, the more you realise how dependent on others you are for all physical movement and support. You never stop wanting your independence, but you know it is just not possible.” – Richard

Douglas House is a friendly place where you’ll find colourful corridors and peaceful spaces to unwind in, from art and music rooms to a relaxing sensory room and hydrotherapy pool . There’s a sociable atmosphere, particularly when patients sit together over a meal in the dining room or tv/games room. Social events such as quiz nights and live music are a great way for our young patients to make new friends and experience the things other people their own age experience.

At the same time, parents can relax knowing that their child’s medical needs are fully supported by our specialist staff. Douglas House is geared towards helping patients to enjoy some independence, but their families are warmly welcomed. Family and friends can even stay in one of the upstairs flats while a patient is with us for emergency care or assessment.

Why not have a look around Douglas House on our virtual tour?

Bedrooms in Douglas House

7 en-suite bedrooms provide a home away from home for patients staying with us.

Patients have the comforts of home, with a television, internet access and iPod dock in each room.

Rooms in Douglas House

A TV lounge, games room, cinema area and bar allow patients to do things that other people their age might do.

Family dedicated flats in Douglas House

Families can stay in our dedicated flats, giving them a much-needed break.

Multi-sensory room in Helen & Douglas House

Our music, arts & crafts rooms help patients express themselves creatively.

Music, arts and crafts rooms in Douglas House

Our hydrotherapy pool and sensory room help patients relax, weightless in the water.

Music, arts and crafts rooms in Douglas House

Patients can enjoy peace in our private garden.

Music, arts and crafts rooms in Douglas House

Patients can unwind in our massage and therapy room.

From Helen House to Douglas House

“I felt I had outgrown Helen House. It was quite good moving from Helen House to Douglas House because I was coming over here while I was still at Helen House and getting to know everyone so that made it much easier. I think my mum only stayed the first day and I stay on my own now.” Dylan

Some of the young people staying with us at Douglas House previously stayed at Helen House, and moved across as they made the transition from children’s services to adult services. This can be a particularly difficult time, and being able to stay in a familiar place with people they know can make all the difference.

Help us make life easier for terminally ill young people

Without your support, we wouldn’t be able to provide the care and support young people need when they’re dealing with terminal illness. Donate to Helen & Douglas House today and make a difference to families facing the unimaginable.

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