We provide Hospice care & support to patients and their loved ones living in Kent and East Sussex. Discover how we can help you.
We have a number of groups and activities on offer. We encourage and support you to be independent and to feel empowered to make choices about how you spend your time with us. We’ll work with you to find out what matters to you, and what you’d like to achieve to help you build a personalised programme of activities and therapies based on your needs.
Our Living Well Service is aimed at people with a terminal or life limiting illness. We focus on supporting you to feel empowered to make choices based on the things that are important to you. You can refer yourself to Living Well or you can be referred by a health and social care professional or your GP. Once referred, we invite you to come along for a welcome session where you can meet the team and find out more about what is on offer. We have a detailed conversation about the things that matter to you, gather some information on your illness and symptom management as well as how you are feeling. We then work with you to develop a 12-week personalised programme of activities based on the things you value most. This personal goal setting approach enables us to support people to do what matters to them in the best way they can, while they can.
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The Living Well team is made up of Nursing Assistants, Complementary Therapists, Complementary Therapy Coordinator, Creative Art Coordinator, Music therapist, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Spiritual support and Volunteers. The team help and support patients and those important to them to feel empowered to make choices and decisions based on their individual needs and wherever possible, encourage supported self-management.
The Living Well Centre at the Hospice is bright, airy and looks out over our beautiful Hospice gardens. We can open the space up for you to sit outside when the weather is good, as well as walk around the gardens and our Labyrinth. We also offer private, intimate complementary therapy and counselling rooms as well as access to the Hospice gym.
Memories are so important. Having precious moments that you and your loved ones can cherish forever is priceless. At Hospice in the Weald we want to help you create those lasting memories together. We have a number of suggestions and services available to help you create physical and digital memories that last. All of which are free of charge, just the same as the rest of our services on offer. Take a look at some of the ways we can help you create lasting memories.
We are delighted to announce that we are now offering our Living Well services and support offer from our Cottage Hospice at Five Ashes too. You can access complementary therapies, relaxation sessions, creative music, and creative art sessions either on a 1 to 1 basis or as a group depending on your needs and what is important to you.
Our Living Well Programmes run over 12 weeks. Our team will work with you to create a holistic personalised program designed around things that matter most to you. We help you to set and work towards achievable goals. Programmes are reviewed at 12 weeks and can be extended should you need more time to complete your goals.
Monday afternoons 1:30 – 3pm
Living Well Centre, Pembury Hospice
Often people find it helpful to share their experiences of grief with other people. Talking with people in similar situations, can be helpful in processing how we feel. This informal drop-in support group provides the opportunity to meet and talk with other bereaved people in a relaxed and supportive way over a cup of tea.
Facilitated by our Living Well team with support from our Chaplaincy and spiritual care team, our Bereavement Drop-in group takes place every Monday afternoon from 1:30 – 3pm, at our Living Well Centre at the hospice in Pembury.
The group is for family, carers and important people of patients who have died whilst under the care of the Hospice. You are welcome to drop-in to the group with no need to book. Whether you are newly bereaved, it has been several months or even up to a year after your loss, you are welcome to attend the drop-in group.
At these sessions we aim to provide:
A safe space and opportunity to share your feelings with people in a similar situation.
Someone to listen to you.
Signposting to other support offers from the hospice, such as our Living Well Service and Counselling and Support Service.
Signposting to bereavement groups and activities in your locality.
For more information, please call the Living Well team on 01892 820509.
Tea Junctions are informal social gatherings where recently bereaved carers, family and friends are invited to come together so they can meet others who are going through a similar experience. We provide tea, coffee and a warm welcome and, most importantly, the opportunity to talk.
People often value the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation as well as the chance to enquire about further support available. Tea Junctions are held once a month at the Hospice and loved ones are invited within three months of bereavement.
Living Well is not just for patients. We understand how challenging it can be coming to terms with a terminal diagnosis of a friend or loved one and the impact this can have. The changes in relationships and dynamics can be incredibly difficult to adjust to. Living Well offers support to carers and loved ones as well as patients and recognises the importance of offering support at this time and how individual and personalised this needs to be. We offer counselling services, talking therapies, creative therapies as well as a number of complementary therapies for carers and would welcome the opportunity to discuss your needs and goals with you.
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