The Living Well service empowers people living with an advanced or terminal illness and their families and carers, to adapt to their lives, with dignity, and provides an active support system to help them anticipate and cope with changes resulting from deteriorating health.
Our team is made up of specialist palliative care professionals including Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Complementary Therapists, Psychologists, Counsellors, Social Workers, Benefits and Entitlements Advisors, Dietitians, Doctors, Nurses, Health Care Assistants and Pastoral Care team. We promote physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing, enabling people to feel more in control, make choices about their current and future care, and develop coping strategies. It is about what matters to the patient, and their carers and families, working towards goals and supporting the development of skills, knowledge and confidence, so people can live as fully as possible until they die.
We work in partnership with our colleagues inside PTHC, and our partners outside, to ensure that patients can access the support they need, knowing it is joined up with other aspects of their lives and care. Our Living Well service works in harmony with our In-Patient Unit and Care at Home services, as patients from all services can benefit from this rehabilitative approach.
We recognise that it is important to support carers and families too. Some activities are for patients and carers to attend together, and others are for carers only.
Phyllis Tuckwell then continue to support families during bereavement.