St Mary’s Hospice in Cumbria has launched new day hospices at their sites in Ulverston and Barrow.
The day hospices will provide 12 week programmes of activities, focusing on individual needs and goals. Their aim is to enable people to get the most out of life, by socialising with others, building friendships, benefitting from support from staff and taking part in fun activities.
Throughout the 12 week programmes the hospice’s multidisciplinary team will be supporting patients to work towards their goals focusing on what’s important to them, for instance increasing social interaction, reducing the risk of falls, improving nutritional intake and exploring support options. Volunteer drivers are available to help patients attend either of the day hospices.
Occupational Therapist Louisa Warner explains: “Our overall aim is to organise engaging sessions with a focus on independence, empowerment and support to patients to meet achievable goals”.
The day hospices will also host a range of guest speakers and activities including visits from Furness carers, the owl sanctuary, and Cumbria Fire service as well as intergenerational school projects.
A recent visit from pet store Little Beasties saw patients interacting with tarantulas and snakes as well as furry animals.
For more information visit St Mary’s Hospice