Our Day Hospice sessions are sociable and supportive. When you come in, it’s your day; we want you to take a break, enjoy yourself and have some time to make sure your needs are met.
You can chat with various members of our team, visit the chapel, take part in a variety of activities, socialise, or just relax and read. Throughout the day, you will have the opportunity to access services, such as therapeutic exercises and complementary therapies, and to discuss your feelings or talk to others who are in a similar situation. We also offer morning and afternoon tea, coffee and cake, and lunch.
At the end of each day, the team will make sure you are prepared for the week ahead, and they can help you access other community services, if you would like that.
How can I access Day Hospice?
If you feel that our Day Hospice sessions will be of benefit to you, we can register you for the service and offer you a 12-week programme, with attendance being one day per week.
We will discuss any goals that are important to you to work on during your sessions. We can also help with concerns about social or spiritual wellbeing. You will have regular reviews, and when ready, your discharge and ongoing support needs will be discussed and planned with you.
If it is difficult for you to get to the hospice, we may be able to arrange for a volunteer to pick you up and drop you home again in certain circumstances — but we do require that you are able to get yourself both in and out of the car independently.
In addition to sociable days held in the Day Hospice, we are currently trialling various clinics and sessions on a Thursday.
These groups have been designed to address specific issues or to meet specific needs in a unique way. For example, our Fatigue, Anxiety and Breathlessness (FAB) group aims to equip people with self-help strategies for managing their symptoms; our Living Life Creatively group provides peer, social, psychological and practical support, and it offers you the opportunity to have fun while engaging in therapeutic activities; and our Coffee Morning group aims to provide social, psychological, spiritual and practical support to you and your spouse, carer or significant other if you’ve been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.
There are different guidelines for who can access these services and how you can access them. To find out more information about the groups, talk with either your Hospice Community Nurse Specialist or a member of staff in our Day Hospice.