Living Well Programmes

Two 8-week programmes to help you live well

In addition to support at home, we offer two programmes, run at both our Hospice in Farnham and Beacon Centre in Guildford. Both programmes are made up of eight weekly sessions, which are held on a rolling basis. Patients who are assessed and would benefit from our service will be invited to join at any time within the programme and still complete all eight sessions. Up to ten patients can attend each session and each person will follow the rolling programme, so you will be able to chat to and get to know each other over the course of the eight weeks.

Living Well with Illness programme

Hospice, Farnham – Tuesday mornings       Beacon Centre, Guildford – Wednesday mornings

Sessions are two hours long, with an hour-long talk and discussion on that week’s topic, and 30 minutes before and after this main session, when you will be able to see our Doctors, Nurses, Therapists and Pastoral Care team, socialise with other patients and have some refreshments. Each session covers a different topic and they all link with each other to form a comprehensive basis for supporting you as you live every day with your illness. They will also give you the opportunity to meet others and make new friends, share tips and advice, and receive individual care from our staff. It is therefore important that you attend every session, if you can, even if you don’t think it’s relevant to you. The eight sessions cover the following topics:

1 Assessment and Introduction An initial meeting to assess what matters to you and what concerns you and introduce you to the Living Well with illness programme.

2 The Story of Me This session is about helping us to get to know you as a person. You will be invited to tell us about your interests and hobbies, both past and present. You will be invited to only share the information you are comfortable to share.

3 Remaining Active This session highlights some of the benefits of keeping moving. With tips and advice, we’ll help you manage breathlessness, remain active and stay motivated.

4 Living with Illness This session looks at the practical and emotional challenges that can be faced when trying to adjust to illness. We’ll explore strategies and sources of support that can help you to make those adjustments and enhance your quality of life when living with a long-term illness.

5 Food and Nutrition It’s important to understand the role of nutrition and hydration on physical health and mental wellbeing. These sessions provide insight into the nutritional content of food, offering you dietary tips on mood, sleep, weight stabilisation and the management of symptoms which may affect your eating and drinking habits.

6 Managing your Mood In this session we will discuss the various ways in which physical illness can affect your mood. We will help you to understand the emotions which you may experience as you adjust to your illness, and discuss strategies that can help you adapt and maximise your emotional wellbeing.

7 Managing Fatigue Fatigue is different from feeling tired. We look at why people can feel fatigued, and the difference between chronic and acute fatigue. We also discuss ways in which you can manage fatigue, conserve and improve your energy levels, and make the most of the energy that you do have.

8 Improving Sleep In this session we will discuss normal and abnormal sleep patterns, and the impact of daily routines and circadian rhythms on your sleep. We look at how sleep can be affected by age and illness, discuss your expectations of sleep and sleep problems, and look at some simple changes and techniques which may help you to improve your sleep.

Creative programme

Hospice, Farnham – Tuesday mornings      Beacon Centre, Guildford – Wednesday mornings

Sessions are two hours long, with an hour-long talk and discussion on that week’s topic, and 30 minutes before and after this main session, when you will be able to see our Doctors, Nurses, Therapists and Pastoral Care team, socialise with other patients and have some refreshments. Each session covers a different topic and they all link with each other to form a comprehensive overview of creative therapy. They will also give you the opportunity to meet others and make new friends, share tips and advice, and receive individual care from our staff. It is therefore important that you attend every session, if you can, even if you don’t think it’s relevant to you. The eight sessions cover the following topics:

1 Assessment and Introduction An initial meeting to assess what matters to you and what concerns you and introduce you to the Creative programme.

2 The Story of Me This session is about helping us to get to know you as a person. You will be invited to tell us about your interests and hobbies, both past and present. You will be invited to only share the information you are comfortable to share.

3 Mindfulness with Clay Clay is a very tactile, soothing and therapeutic medium to work with, and is easy to make into simple sculptures. Working with it can improve your mood, calm your anxiety and awaken your creativity. Combined with mindfulness, which encourages you to focus on the present moment, it can help you to explore your creativity and improve your wellbeing.

4 Positive “Moments in a Bottle” In these sessions, you will be asked to recall positive moments, which we will help you to record in words and pictures, so that you can create a visual record of them which you can look back on, to support your emotional wellbeing and lift your mood when you are feeling down or going through a challenging time.

5 Reminiscence In the Reminiscence group we use images, sounds, smells and tastes to stir up memories. Remembering things from the past can bring us joy and laughter, and help us to manage and cope with life today.

6 Aromatherapy – Lotions & Potions This workshop will give you an understanding of what Aromatherapy is, how it is used at Phyllis Tuckwell and the ways in which it can ease many of the symptoms that you may be experiencing. Using therapeutic essential oils in creams and nasal inhalers, we will make products which you can take home with you to help support your physical and emotional wellbeing.

7 Therapy Through Nature This gardening session will focus on the therapeutic benefits of nature, and the physical and sensory skills that you will use to complete a gardening task, such as potting up a planter or creating a flower basket, for example. Engaging in this type of activity can give a wonderful sense of achievement, and an enjoyment of the hope and living legacy that nature gives us.

8 Confidence Through Cooking At this session you will be able to take part in a cooking activity, regardless of your physical ability or previous knowledge. During the session you’ll learn practical ways in which you can continue to cook at home, and will be given a Take Home Bag. The session will help boost confidence, and you’ll be able to socialise with others in the group and talk about your past experiences of food.

Wellbeing Day and Assessment

At the end of each of the programmes, you will be invited to attend one of our Wellbeing Days, which are held on Fridays at the Hospice in Farnham from 11am – 3pm, and Beacon Centre in Guildford from 11am – 2.30pm. Here you will be able to see other members of our multi-professional team as an outpatient. They can help you further with advice, including advance care planning, or medical concerns. You will also be offered complementary therapies and lunch. Other patients from our Living Well sessions will also be there, and you have the opportunity to socialise with them during the day.

Other ways to support you:

In addition to our Living Well with Illness and Creative programmes, we also offer individual therapeutic sessions:

Exercise & Movement

This eight-week programme is held at the Hospice on Wednesday mornings. We also offer eight weekly 1-2-1 sessions to patients who need additional support.

Guided Relaxation

A 30-minute session where you and your carer can learn techniques aimed to help you relax, focus and reduce any anxiety caused by your illness or treatment. Groups are currently run virtually on alternate Thursdays at 1.30pm, via Zoom.

Breathlessness

A four-week programme to help you and your carer to learn gentle exercises and breathing techniques, and receive advice on relaxation techniques and psychological strategies.

Art Therapy and ArtScape

1-2-1 art therapy sessions at the Hospice on Monday mornings, and our ArtScape art group is held at the Hospice on Monday afternoons.

Carers Group

Find some time and peace for yourself and learn practical ways of coping with being a carer.

Bereavement care continues for families through our First Steps and Second Steps programmes.