Bolton Hospice is planning to launch a new day therapy service to meet the growing demand for specialist palliative care in the local area.
The hospice’s new ‘Wellbeing Hub’ will run alongside its current day therapy services with access to new wellbeing and support sessions such as:
- bereavement support
- legal advice and benefits clinics
- outpatient clinics
- mindfulness and yoga sessions
The charity had been planning the redevelopment since 2019, however work that was due to commence in April 2020 was delayed temporarily due to Covid-19 restrictions. With lockdown restrictions easing, the hospice is now set to open the Wellbeing Hub in the autumn.
Meeting Bolton’s growing need
“We are delighted that work on the Wellbeing Hub has begun and are very much looking forward to launching the new service later this year” said Dr Jennifer Klimiuk, Consultant in Palliative Medicine and project lead.
“With a more flexible, drop-in service working alongside our traditional day therapy services, we’ll have the capacity to meet the growing demand for hospice care in Bolton to ensure that we can continue to meet that demand in future and enable people to live well with life-limiting illness at home.”
Dr Leigh Vallance, Chief Executive of the hospice, added: “The Wellbeing Hub will ensure that we are prepared to continue to provide the best possible care for local people in top class facilities. People are now living well with life-limiting illnesses for many years and we need to adapt our services to meet the needs of those individuals.
“Palliative care is for people with a life-limiting illness such as MS, advanced lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as well as cancer and heart diseases.
“Whether it’s a drop-in to discuss symptom management, attending a session on legal advice or signing up to a wellbeing session to help reduce stress or alleviate symptoms, the Wellbeing Hub will be an inclusive space to support all adults living with a life-limiting illness in Bolton.