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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. From gardening to QiGong, there’s something for everyone at our Living Well centre. Here’s a taste of some of the latest activities in our ever-expanding programme for patients and families.
If you are the green-fingered type or fancy learning new skills in the surrounds of the beautiful Hospice gardens, the Gardening Group could be for you.
Drop-in sessions run from 12.30-2pm every Tuesday. Patients and loved ones are invited to come along to enjoy planting, potting and the therapeutic and social benefits that gardening can bring. Sessions take place rain or shine, thanks to the accommodating beautiful Victorian greenhouse.
Susie Lowden, Therapies Manager, says: “If you are green fingered or would like to try your hand at something new, we’d love to see you. We are open to new ideas and hope to grow flowers, and herbs, like lavender and mint, to create scented bags, soaps or something delicious to eat.”
Would you like to help the Hospice maintain and improve the quality of our care?
The End of Life Matters group has been set up to help ensure the care and support the Hospice provides is what patients, families and carers actually need; not just what our health and social care teams think is needed.
Steph Hall, Head of Living Well, says: “We want to encourage open and honest conversations about people’s experience and better support them to be proactive partners in their care.”
“The group currently meets every two months to discuss Hospice updates. Members are encouraged to contribute to service development plans, advise on Hospice information and, most importantly, to represent patient and family views on services. If you’d like to find out more, do get in touch.”
The group is open to those who have accessed the Hospice’s services, either as a patient, or friend, family member or carer.
Good banter, quizzes and games are on all offer at a new group for men.
Known as Man Shed, the group meets fortnightly and all men are welcome; patients, relatives and friends included. The group aims to reduce feelings of isolation by offering companionship and support.
Attendees have so far enjoyed playing table top games such as bowling and curling, a pop quiz and indoor croquet, along with a good old chat over tea, coffee and cake. Dave, a regular, says they all enjoy getting together and “putting the world to rights” and Michael, another group member, said he enjoys being able to reminisce about past times.
Yannis Tzianetas, Nursing Assistant and group organiser, said: “The idea is that it’s a space to interact with other men.
“You can take part in therapeutic games and activities in a supportive environment, but there is no pressure to do anything in particular.”
The time can be used to meet other people and simply enjoy chatting over tea and cake.”
Man Shed meets fortnightly on Wednesdays from 1-3pm.
Seated exercise is one of the most popular activities at Living Well. In addition to the Monday morning group, a new session has now been added on Thursdays too. People participating report that the sessions are helping them to reach their strengthening, conditioning and mobility goals.
We are thrilled to offer monthly yoga sessions and weekly QiGong (pronounced Chee-Gong) classes on Friday mornings. QiGong is a slow, gentle form of movement which can be practised either sitting or standing. It is part of Chinese Medicine now widely practised in the UK for its potential health benefits, including improved balance and joint movement, reduction in blood pressure and relaxation.
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