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St. Luke’s Day Hospice provides specialist palliative care and support for people with progressive life- limiting illness,offering a supportive environment with tailor made care to suit patient’s individual needs.
Our days are based around supporting you, assessing any changes to your condition and providing information, whilst also offering you time to be yourself in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. If you have concerns about your illness you may wish to see our Specialist Nurse Practitioner, Hospice doctor and/or nursing staff.
Attending St. Luke’s Day Hospice gives you space and time where you can relax and enjoy the companionship of other people using our Day Hospice or explore your creative side by trying different diversional therapies. A home-cooked meal will be provided for you, and you may also wish to try one of our complementary therapies.
Day Hospice patients attend on an individual programme to meet their specific requirements. This can range from weekly, fortnightly, monthly or bi-monthly visits. Transport to attend can also be provided. A tailored day will include include, review by our specialist nursing team and clinical review by the Specialist Nurse Practitioner with input from other professionals as required, for example the physiotherapist. We use an holistic assessment which helps us to ensure we provide the right support, care and information personalised to meet patient needs.
Services offered include:- • Symptom management • Holistic assessment • Support and information • Support with decisions about where you wish to be cared for, including completing documents such as Prepared Priorities for Care (PPC) • Out-patient day – patients attend for booked appointments e.g. blood transfusions, clinical procedures • Physiotherapy • Diversional therapies • Complementary therapies • Social Work • Counseling • Nursing care – Jacuzzi bath • Occupational therapy • Lymphoedema management • Spiritual support • JEMS • Time 4 You
St. Luke’s Day Hospice offers ten places a day, four days a week. Appointments are also available for our Out-patients day. The Day Hospice opens at 10.00 am and closes at 3.30 pm. All the services including meals and refreshments are provided free of charge.
The Day Hospice environment is informal. There is a spacious lounge with comfortable seating and a large ‘modern’ activity room.
Further rooms are available as follows:- Consulting Room, separate treatment room, and Complementary Therapy Room as well as a bath room with Jacuzzi bath which is also used for hairdressing.
This service is provided at our Day Hospice. Services offered include blood transfusions, physiotherapy sessions, complementary therapies and other individual appointments for clinical reviews. In addition a range of disease specific Palliative Care Clinics are offered.
This multi-profession service provides specialist support, advice, assessment and treatment in order to allow increased choice about place of treatment as well as facilitate independence so people can cope at home longer if this is your wish.
The support provided includes therapeutic activates which enable patients to regain their confidence, feel at ease to discuss any issues whilst helping to raise self esteem and overall well being.
Creative therapies including scrap booking, glass painting, creative writing and memory boxes.
Outings which include spring visit to local garden centres, day trip to the seaside and Christmas shopping trips.
Making Sense Group – a programme of six sessions in which participants explore their creative side.
This programme aims to support both the patient and the carer by attending the group together, and sharing their experiences in a safe and supportive environment. They also receive information about all the Hospice services before they may need them. Referral to JEMS is by a Health Care Professional.
Time 4 You
This programme aims to support carers who are looking after patients at home. It is spread over 6 weeks with carers together. They have sessions on the practical side of caring including information on medications, pain control, manual handling, nutritional demonstration and end of life care which is discussed in a safe and supportive environment. Carers also have the opportunity to visit St Luke’s House, enjoy complementary therapies, learn relaxation techniques and share a lunch time meal together. For more information and to book a free place please contact: NURSE MANAGER, DAY Hospice, Tele No. 01268-524973 Ext 204.
A monthly Carers’ Support Group offering carers a short break from caring. The group is held on the last Wednesday of each month (except December) in the Day Hospice lounge and the group meets between 7.00 and 9.00 pm. A guest speaker is booked for the first hour and after a tea break the second part of the evening is dedicated to networking with other carers and having some one-to-one time with the group facilitators.