Living Well

Your day at the hospice - Katharine House Hospice

Living Well

We are now supporting our patients and families by telephone offering either weekly/fortnightly or monthly support. This is provided by Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Health Care Support Workers or members of the Family support team.
Telephone support enables us to

  • Refer/sign post to appropriate services (this could be counselling, District nurses, Occupational therapies, Physio, Speech and language, PCNS’s etc)
  • Offer emotional/psychological support
  • Undertake Advanced care planning
  • Reduce the impact of social isolation
  • Offer bereavement support
  • Prevent patients and families going into crisis situation (if we can)

“Katharine House have provided me with medical treatments but so, so, much more, they have offered me kindness, a true understanding of my daily struggles, an acute professional awareness about how my health affects all areas of my life and I’ve not found this all encompassing approach with any other medical organsiations. I’m also given excellent access to emotional and wellbeing support.

They look after my whole body and soul and with such compassion and knowledge. They make me feel safe and looked after at the most frightening and difficult time of my life.

I have services from them I never knew existed locally, including lymphoedema clinics, wellbeing groups, counselling, consultant services and pain management. They have also cared for friends and family in palliative situations with love and dignity.”

Melissa, Patient

Well Being

Well being is a program that provides information on symptom management and aims to give the patients skills that will help them to live their life well, and help them to cope through more difficult times.

  • The program runs over 6 weeks
  • It includes a group of up to 5 patients
  • It is a program that offers educational resources looking at strategies that can help with Mobility, anxiety, breathlessness, Fatigue and pain
  • We ask the patients to look at the videos on each topic each week and then as a group we come together discuss each topic looking at sharing experiences
  • The group is facilitated by a Registered Nurse who supports each session
  • The Registered Nurse assess each patients needs looking at the physical/emotional/social/psychological impact of their illness

Role of OT and Physio at Katharine House Hospice

Physiotherapists (PT) – helps to restore movement and function to as near normal as possible when someone is affected by injury, illness or other disability.

Occupational therapists (OT) – provides practical support to enable people to facilitate recovery and overcome any barriers that prevent them from doing the activities (occupations) that matter to them. This helps to increase people’s independence and satisfaction in all aspects of life and enhance their health and wellbeing.