Zest Young Adult Service

Did you know we care for people aged 14 and upwards?

St Elizabeth Hospice has been developing Zest since 2015, working closely with children’s hospice services to ensure young adults have a smooth transition into adult care.

Zest supports young adults aged 14 and upwards with progressive and incurable illnesses to ensure that they get the specialist care, tailored treatment and services they need to be able to enjoy life to the full.


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Discover Zest services

Zest currently offers a range of services for young adults and their families. Click the buttons below to find out more:

Due to medical advances and treatment, people are living longer, and that includes young people who have complex incurable conditions, such as muscular dystrophy, complex cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis and cancer.

From the age of 16, young adults are too old to be treated by children’s services and are faced with the daunting prospect of adult care.

Working closely with children’s services, Zest ensures young adults have a smooth transition from children’s to adult care.

What's on offer at Zest

We have been working with Zest young adult patients, their families and children’s services to develop our young adult service through co-production to ensure we are providing the right care and support for young adults and their families.

We offer a developmentally appropriate approach, tailored to each individual and their own aspirations for life.  We can offer regular reviews to support young adults and their families to achieve their goals and having the best quality of life.

We currently offer:

  • Help in managing symptoms
  • Emotional support
  • A ‘Bucket List’ approach to life, helping young adults achieve the things that are important to them
  • Peer support
  • Support for siblings
  • Parent peer support
  • Therapy services including complementary therapy and access to a brand new state-of-the-art gym
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Home visits
  • Zest Days - a dedicated day service provision on Fridays for those 18 years and above
  • Zest Short Breaks - long weekends offering respite from Fridays to Sundays
  • Zest X-Change - social group every first Tuesday of the month, from 4.30pm-7.30pm
  • Saturday family drop-ins

Transitional care

The team here at St Elizabeth Hospice like to start getting to know young adults from the age of 14 to prepare them and their family for the transition to our services. We provide shared care with local children’s services to enable a smooth transition into adult care.

Our team can provide support with transition coordination, to help families navigate the journey of transition from children’s to adult’s services. We are happy to attend education, health and care plan reviewing meetings and other transition planning meetings to support an easier transition from children's to adults services.

As part of our transitional care service we run a monthly young adult social group called Zest X-Change in our day centre at the hospice on Foxhall Road, enabling young adults and their families to build connections with St Elizabeth Hospice through regular, meaningful visits.

How to make a referral

If you would like to find out more about our service you can speak to a member of our team or arrange a visit, or find out about any upcoming open events. Call our team on: 01473 707032

We can take a referral direct from a patient, family member or carer, or from a professional.

We accept referrals for young adult aged between 14-40 year olds who are living with a life-limiting or life threatening conditions.

Reasons for referrals

To improve and support quality of life whilst living with an incurable and/or progressive condition, including:

  • Support with transition from children’s care and children's hospice care
  • Help with managing symptoms, changing needs of the patient and their family, or deterioration in patient's condition
  • Support planning for the future
  • To reduce social isolation and provide opportunities for peer support
  • Supportive care for the whole family
  • Access to specialist Zest day service and short breaks for young adults with complex care needs

Information for professionals

If you are looking at developing a transitional care and young adult service and would like advice, please get in touch on 01473 707032.

Our transitional care team are happy to support other organisations in introducing and implementing the service.

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