Group support

Easy breathing 

The easy breathing programme is for patients experiencing breathlessness or exertion from mild to severe.

It is particularly beneficial for those experiencing mild breathlessness to learn how to manage this symptom at an early stage. We encourage patients to attend with a family member or carer. The programme consists of three weekly sessions led by the hospice physiotherapist and occupational therapist and each session lasts 90 minutes.

The programme offers support, information and guidance on coping with breathlessness. It incorporates general education and information on pacing, energy conservation and positioning for breathlessness. There is also an opportunity to put these techniques into practice during individually tailored low level exercise sessions. Carers and relatives can learn how to assist the management of breathlessness.

Tuesdays: 11.00 to 12.30pm (first 3 Tuesday’s of the month).

Patient exercise groups

We run exercise groups for inpatients, day care and outpatients.

  • Monday: 11am 12.15pm, circuit group and relaxation
  • Tuesday: 2pm-3pm, seated exercise group and relaxation
  • Wednesday: 12am - 1pm, open gym session
All of these sessions take place in our therapy gym.
 

The Larch Group

Psycho-social support is offered to daycare patients via our groundbreaking schools project called the Larch Group. 

School children are invited to visit the hospice once a week for a month and take part in group activities with daycare patients, who have been discharged. Together they explore issues such as death, hospice care, bereavement, disability and loss. 

Patients and pupils work together to express the stories they have heard in a creative way such as through song, artwork, scrapbooking or drama.

Benefits for patients include:

  • enabling patients to be valued and productive
  • promoting self-esteem and self-validation through storytelling and the value of sharing their experiences
  • facilitating the journey of acceptance and understanding of their experiences
  • experiencing the children’s reactions to honest interactions around disease and dying and enabling patients to speak more openly with children in their personal lives 
At the end of the four weeks the patients and children celebrate their journey at a presentation party attended by family, school staff, hospice employees and volunteers.