Wellbeing and therapy: Relieving stress, practical exercises and immersive therapy for patients…
Weston Hospicecare offers wellbeing and therapy care to patients to relieve anxiety and stress caused by a life-limiting condition.
This care is available to all patients and it is delivered through a Wellbeing Centre and standalone services. This include services such as physio and occupational therapy.
The Wellbeing Centre…
Our Wellbeing Centre opened in 2014 at Jackson-Barstow House. The facility is a hub for a variety of support group meetings (both for carers or loved ones and for those who have been bereaved) and for complementary therapies. Many of these complementary therapies can be accessed in our Day Service area, In-Patient Unit and in your own home.
Available therapies include adapted massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, relaxation techniques, beauty treatments, Indian head massage, hypnotherapy and reiki.
Our team will find the right therapy that will help you relax and feel restored.
Complementary therapies work alongside conventional medical treatments. They can be very helpful in supporting symptom control and enhance your wellbeing.
Caring for you through Occupational Therapy…
Occupational therapy empowers you to participate in what is important to you and on improving or maintaining your quality of life.
Our occupational therapist (OT) works to limit the effects of your illness or disability. They support you to be as independent as possible in all areas of your daily life. We do this by creating a match between your abilities, the activity you wish to do and demands of your environment.
Our OT will develop a programme that will be led by your needs. The OT will work closely with you and your loved ones to respond quickly to your changing needs and help you carefully-plan ahead for the future.
If you are refereed to the hospice OT, you will be assessed for a personalised programme. Examples of things the OT may work on with you include support with;
- Symptom management.
- Environmental adaptations.
- Managing fatigue, anxiety and breathlessness.
- Facilitating activities. Whether that involves self-care, hobbies or social and family roles.
Physiotherapy is used as a rehabilitation process promoting independence. It uses and teaches various techniques to help you manage the symptoms (such as breathlessness, respiratory issues, fatigue, pain, anxiety and joint, muscle or mobility difficulties) of your illness.
At the hospice, we offer services such as Qigong, mindfulness and breathing techniques, soft tissue massage, joint mobilisation, passive movements and a specialist exercise bike.
If you are refereed to the hospice physiotherapist, you will be assessed for an individual programme that includes advice, coping strategies and appropriate practical support.
The hospice physiotherapist can also meet with your carers and loved ones to give them information so they can help you at home.