Patients and families adjusting to a diagnosis of terminal illness will be welcomed back to the Hospice in person in early 2022 with tailored programmes of support at our Living Well Centre.
The Living Well Service is the new name for the former Hospice Day Service which is re-opening under a new title to better reflect the type of support being offered to those living with terminal illness. The service formerly known as Hospice Day Service will change to Living Well Service and the space where it will take place will change from being called Hospice Day Service to Living Well Centre.
Patients and their loved ones will work with our staff and volunteers to develop a 12-week, personalised programme. This will include processing the implications of diagnosis and setting goals, which can be hugely beneficial in helping those who may feel disempowered or overwhelmed regain some control over their lives.
There will be a range of activities and complementary therapies for patients and those important to them. These will range from physiotherapy and occupational therapy to creative arts, creative writing and music.
Paul Madden, the Hospice’s Care Director, said:
“We want to support patients, and those important to them, to live well. We know that having treatments and meeting others can offer a much-needed escape from what can be weeks of hospital appointments, giving patients time to process all that is going on in their lives.
“We have been offering virtual support programmes introduced in light of the pandemic, and these will continue. In addition, we are very much looking forward to running these programmes in our buildings again, in a COVID safe environment. They will give patients and families space to talk, listen, prepare and to create memories so they can cherish the precious time they have together.”
The Living Well Service will be a hub for people to support each other, whether that is someone living with a terminal illness or a family member or friend.
Paul added: “There is great power and comfort in being with a group of people who are going through similar experiences and to realise one is not alone.”
New Head of Living Well Steph Hall, who comes to the Hospice with a wealth of experience, will be leading the development of the service when she starts her new role in January.
More details, taking in to account the latest COVID guidelines, will be available in the New Year, when the Hospice team will also be in touch with patients and families directly to invite them to develop their personalised 12-week programme.
In the meantime, find out about our current range of virtual support and activities here.