Offering a range of support that suits your needs
During the coronavirus pandemic, we are still caring but we have had to put face-to-face sessions on hold for your own wellbeing. You are able to access a range of emotional support with the counselling team via telephone or Zoom calls. We have been running Patients Group, Creative Workshops and Mindfulness & Meditation sessions very successfully in this way.
Throughout the year, the hospice's Supportive Care team organises various support groups, workshops, activities and information sessions that help people through these difficult times. These are aimed at patients, family members and often both together. There is practical help and emotional support, as well as more informal sessions which allow people to enjoy each other's company, giving a sense of belonging and helping them to feel that they are not alone. Many of our sessions have been offered in response to specific requests, so we can be flexible in how we support you.
By providing a wide range of different sessions, each person can select what is most likely to meet their individual needs. These sessions have included:
Patients Group - A facilitated group session where patients can come together to share experiences, feelings and concerns.
Wellbeing days - Relaxing days where we offer anything from hairdressing and manicures to massage or even a wet shave for gents with hot towels and everything! Some well-deserved 'me' time.
Fatigue & breathlessness sessions - Giving advice and techniques to help people cope with common symptoms of a life-limiting illness.
Gentle exercise - Enjoying a sense of wellbeing through gentle exercise such as yoga or pilates.
Singing workshops - A great way of expressing yourself and finding joy, whether you consider yourself a singer or not!
Supporting young people - Talking about how best to support young people in the family, and what to say to them at this time.
Planning funerals - Offering practical advice on planning a funeral that is personal and meaningful for you and your family.
For those who would find it difficult to travel to our main site at Deer Park in Barnstaple or The Long House in Holsworthy, our team of volunteer drivers are usually available to provide transport. All our services, including transport, are provided completely free of charge.
Changes to our services during the pandemic
There have been some changes to services during the pandemic
One-to-one support for patients
Dedicated time and space for you to talk about what is happening in your life.
Complementary therapies for patients - on hold
Therapies and treatments may help relieve aches and pains as well as supporting your personal wellbeing.
The Bedded Unit
If you need extra support to manage your symptoms, you may visit the Bedded Unit before returning home again.
Hospice to Home
If you would like to spend your final days at home, extra support is available to help make that possible.