How long do I have to stay at the hospice? Cornwall Hospice Care’s hospices are not long term care facilities. Patients remain in the hospice for as long as it takes to treat their symptoms to enable them to return home or to a care home or other care setting. Our average length of stay is about a week, but this varies widely with patient needs. This return home is in consultation with the patient and their family to ascertain the most appropriate place and the support and care needed. Cornwall Hospice Care have a team of Occupational Therapists who provide a service to ensure everything is in place for a patient when they return home, so that they are in a safe environment with the support needed.