Day Hospice is not like a traditional day centre – it is a multi-professional service where support and care are given to patients during a specific time of need. Appointments with therapists are flexible and unhurried, and support is on offer not just for patients, but for their relatives and carers too. It is not a sad or depressing place – on the contrary, it is positive, vibrant and full of laughter. It’s a place where happy memories are made, good times are remembered and the most is made of each precious day.
At Day Hospice, patients can talk honestly with professionals who understand the emotional impact of having a terminal illness. It is a place where they are acknowledged and valued as individuals, not labelled as ‘patients’, ‘customers’ or ‘clients’. They can laugh, cry or rant without being judged, and reflect on good and bad times, but still hope and dream. It also gives their partners and carers some time to themselves, whilst offering patients a day of care and support – and a little bit of pampering!
Day Hospice is open three days a week – Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays – between 10am and 3pm. Patients can choose to attend a full session or just come in for a few hours in the afternoon, if they have lower energy levels.
The patients who visit Day Hospice come for a variety of reasons – some come for the companionship and activities, others come to allow carers a respite break once a week. Most like to take advantage of the other Hospice services, particularly complementary therapies and physiotherapy. Seeking advice from the occupational therapists or social worker or having access to a counsellor or chaplain ensures people receive the practical and emotional support they need.
The support patients receive in Day Hospice is led and co-ordinated by an experienced nursing team including a Clinical Nurse Specialist who can advise on symptoms and help with sensitive conversations. The team are assisted by dedicated volunteers and the hope is to keep patients at home and out of hospital.
On Monday afternoons, Day Hospice opens its doors to ‘budding artists’ who can self refer following consultation with their specialist nurse or community nurse. The group called ‘Brush with Art’ runs for 6 weeks and is volunteer led under the supervision of our Day Hospice team leader. With sensitivity and encouragement our volunteer artists challenge people to explore their creative potential. For 2 hours the focus is on fun and relaxation, diverting attention away from stress and illness.
We have launched Open House for anyone wanting to learn a little more about what we do here at the Hospice as well as offer the perfect opportunity for anyone wanting to test out/experience the relaxed ambience of the Day Hospice environment.
Whether you work in health care, concerned for a bereaved friend or if you care for someone who is seriously ill, we’ll welcome anyone who wants to drop by on every Tuesday between 2pm and 4pm, talk to one of our volunteers or nurses.