Day Therapy Groups

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We take a truly holistic, rehabilitative approach to understanding the individual needs of patients, their family, carers and friends.
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The opportunity to take part in therapeutic and creative activities is offered, as well as the chance to meet and talk to other people with similar illnesses and take time out.

As part of the care provided by our Day Therapy nurses, you may be supported by other members of our multi-disciplinary team, such as a doctor, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, complementary therapist, social worker or Chaplain.

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Overview of Day Therapy services available

You will be invited for an initial assessment and our services will be discussed with you. With your agreement, you can attend the following services to meet your needs.

Day Therapy programme

One day a week for a period of time agreed with you and our team
(Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays)

Day therapy addresses issues of change and loss through individual support, therapeutic and creative activities and relaxation. It also offers practical advice and symptom management.

The day allows patients to support each other, normalise their situation and is a place where they can relax whilst accessing specialist support and advice.

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Day Therapy at St Clare Hospice takes a truly holistic, rehabilitative approach to understanding each individual’s specific needs.

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Next Step Drop-in Group

Open every fourth Monday morning of the month

We know that many patients whose time on our Day Therapy programme, or any other group, has come to an end, miss having contact with us and the people they have met. So, ongoing support through our Next Step Drop-in Group is provided.

It’s a chance to meet up once a month to chat with other people socially. The morning finishes with a light lunch.

Breathlessness Group

Series of half day programmes

An opportunity to learn management techniques, empowering individuals to control symptoms of breathlessness.

A variety of topics are covered in this programme, including:

  • Breathing techniques
  • Activity pacing
  • Anxiety management

It is also a supportive environment, enabling the sharing of experiences with others in a similar situation.

Front cover of leafletBreathlessness Group

Our Breathlessness Group is an opportunity for those struggling with breathlessness to learn management techniques, empowering people to control what can be a difficult and distressing symptom of their illness.

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Brighter Living programme

Series of half day programmes

The aim of this programme is to educate and enable individuals to manage symptoms of fatigue and anxiety and to address and live with the life changes that a life limiting diagnosis brings.

Group members have the opportunity to learn and develop personal coping strategies and tools such as relaxation, pacing techniques, assertiveness and confidence to continue their interests and daily activities in ways that are meaningful to the individual whilst coping with their condition.

The programme encourages individuals to value their own personal attributes and maximise their potential.

Front cover of leafletBrighter Living Group

Our Brighter Living programme is designed to give people who are experiencing fatigue or anxiety the confidence to cope and manage their own health on a day-to-day basis.

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Neurological Group

Series of  half day programmes

This supportive programme is for patients with progressive neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease, and their carers. It is delivered in collaboration with our community neurological nurse specialist colleagues.

The programme provides information on common problems associated with neurological conditions and the opportunity to reflect and share experiences with each other.

It will include combined patient and carer sessions and separate sessions so that individuals’ needs are addressed.

Front cover of leafletNeurological Group

Our Neurological Group is designed for people with progressive neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s and Motor Neurone Disease, and their carers.

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Creativity Workshop

Half day workshop

A relaxing and enjoyable programme where group members can explore and share life memories through creative activities.  This may help people to reflect and express their feelings with others who are experiencing similar emotions, in a safe environment.

Projects may be individual or group pieces and may enable exploration of previously undiscovered skills.

No creative experience is required.

Creative Writing

Series of half day programmes

This is a relaxed group, which aims to encourage and enable members to explore and express their thoughts, feelings and memories through written word, using poetry, letter, reflection and personal stories.

No experience in creative writing is required.

If you are affected by a life-limiting illness and feel that you could benefit from one of these services or to find out more about any of them, please contact us on 01279 773 768.

If you are a health or social care professional and feel that your patient or their family may benefit from any of these services, please call us to send a referral. If your patient has a specific need that you feel would not be met with the above, please do not hesitate to call or send a referral. We are happy to discuss and do all we can to help. Please contact 01279 773700 and ask for the Day Therapy Manager.

See Access our services for information about how to access our services, our catchment area, referral criteria and the referral form.

When is the Day Therapy service available?

St Clare Hospice Day Therapy is open 5 days a week from 8am-4pm.

The Day Therapy timetable gives an overview of the days and times for all the support groups run by the Day Therapy team.

Outside of these hours, patients and their families and carers can call the 24 Hour Advice Line for help.

Is there any help with transport?

It may be possible to arrange transport for relatives who find it difficult to get to St Clare Hospice. This is provided by our volunteer drivers and is subject to availability.

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