Living Well Centre

St Wilfrid’s Living Well Centre supports people who are living with a life-limiting and progressive illness. We support people aged 18 and above, regardless of diagnosis and extend our support to their friends and family members during any stage of the illness, including bereavement.

The Living Well Service is run by a multi-professional team. The team includes Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, complementary therapists, chaplains, social workers, nurses, doctors as well as a team of volunteers. We support people living with life-limiting conditions through a range of therapeutic activities and groups or via one -to-one consultations with our specialist team.

Once you are referred to us, we will work with you to identify the most suitable programme to meet your needs.

Living with illness can be hard. There are different ways to manage illness. Some find it helps to talk with those with similar problems, learning together how to manage. Many find staying active through exercise and other activity helps. Having fun with others can also take your mind from your illness. It is all about enabling you to enjoy life – understand yourself better, connect with other people and feel the benefit of kindness, friendship, support and having a good laugh.

Breathe Well, Live Well

Many people with long term health conditions experience breathlessness. At St Wilfrid’s Hospice we have a dedicated team who have the expertise to help people manage their symptoms and help you take control of your breathing, improve confidence and maintain your independence.

St Wilfrid’s Hospice has a collection of Videos, Podcasts and information to help you. Our hope is with each episode you will find breathing a little easier, feel a little calmer and be better able to cope with any breathing difficulties you may experience.

Start taking back control of your breathing here:

Exercise Well, Live Well

Keeping active is a great way to help improve your quality of life and maintain independence within the limitations of your illness.

St Wilfrid’s Hospice can support you in a number of ways including specialist advice and exercise groups held at our Living Well Centre.

If you would like to become more active and help regain some independence then find out more here:

Patients can come to St Wilfrid’s Day Centre for a single activity

We offer a number of activities such as exercise classes, yoga, complementary therapy and education and support sessions.

All activities can be tailored to your needs and carers, friends and relatives are always welcome. Sometimes it’s good to have a change of scenery and talk to others in the same situation.

Call us on: 01243 755836

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What’s On:

Rolling programme of ‘low impact’ seated exercises and peer support from our Physiotherapy team.

Explore fun exercises to help maintain and improve movement, balance and muscle strength…and all while seated. Resistance band and instructions provided.

Group held: At the Living Well Centre.

Important Information: Please note this course is only available following an assessment from Physiotherapy.

How to book: Please contact the Living Well Centre via telephone 01243 775836

A supervised exercise group including an individualised programme.

Group held: In the Living Well Gym

Important Information: Please note these sessions are available for those who have completed the Seated Exercise Group or the Exercise & Education Group. Maximum 4 per session.

How to book: Please contact the Living Well Centre via telephone 01243 775836

A space to experience the practice of being fully present, aware of where we are, and not overwhelmed by what is going on around us, guided by a trained professional.

Course held: At the Living Well Centre.

How to book: Please contact the Living Well Centre via telephone on 01243 775836

Learn about the benefits of exercise and how you can incorporate activity and exercise into your everyday life to help you achieve your goals.

Explore fun exercises to help maintain movement, balance, and muscle strength.  Some exercises will be sitting and some will be standing.

Group held: At the Living Well Centre.

Important Information: Please note this course is only available following an assessment from Physiotherapy and is a 6-week programme.

How to book: Please contact the Living Well Centre via telephone 01243 775836

A session with a trained Yoga instructor to help reduce anxiety, manage pain, and de-stress, as well as improve flexibility, aid sleep, and build strength.

Course Held: At the Living Well Centre.

Important Information: Please note you will need to attend a one-off activity and education session with a Physiotherapist prior to starting this group.

How to book: Please contact the Living Well Centre via telephone on 01243 775836

Patients and carers can explore the causes of breathlessness and help develop strategies to help manage and live with breathing difficulties. The course will cover different breathing techniques, fatigue management and pacing as well as exercise and maintaining independence. Topics will also include medication and advice on constipation.

Join in with a relaxed Physiotherapy-led exercise group afterwards to explore fun exercises to help maintain movement, balance, muscle strength and help with the management of your breathlessness.

Course Held: At the Living Well Centre.

Important Information: Please be aware that this course can hold a maximum of 10 people and their carers.

How to book: Please contact the Living Well Centre via telephone on 01243 775836

Complementary Therapies:

Involves using gentle massage and pressure techniques applied to the hands or feet. This brings about a deep sense of relaxation and helps restore balance to the body. Foot coverings only need to be removed for this treatment.

Session Held: At the Living Well Centre.

How to book: To book a complementary therapy treatment, please call 01243 775 302 or email: comptherapy@stwh.co.uk.

Appointments are available to improve your awareness of your body, your thoughts, your breath and your reactions to life’s situations. You will learn some basic ideas and techniques that can be used to help you in all aspects of your daily life.

Course Held: At the Living Well Centre.

How to book: To book a complementary therapy treatment, please call 01243 775 302 or email: comptherapy@stwh.co.uk.

NSR is a very gentle relaxation treatment which may help to re-balance on a physical and emotional level. The treatment is done fully clothed. The therapist gently places their hands-on specific points (head, shoulders, legs etc.) and a series of gentle holds and rocking motions are done which is thought to help the energy flow in the body and promote a deep sense of relaxation.

Course Held: At the Living Well Centre

How to book: To book a complementary therapy treatment, please call 01243 775 302 or email: comptherapy@stwh.co.uk.

Coming soon – please register your interest with the Physiotherapy team.

A gentle and soothing ‘hands on’ therapy, using a variety of strokes with an unscented oil or lotion to bring about physical and emotional ease. Many people enjoy having their hands or feet massaged

Session Held: At the Living Well Centre.

How to book: To book a complementary therapy treatment, please call 01243 775 302 or email: comptherapy@stwh.co.uk.

A gentle massage of the head and shoulders. It can be beneficial for relieving stress and physical and emotional tension. The treatment can be given fully clothed.

Course Held: At the Living Well Centre

How to book: To book a complementary therapy treatment, please call 01243 775 302 or email: comptherapy@stwh.co.uk.

A form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing, to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing. While there’s scope for more rigorous studies on its health benefits, most studies suggest yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance.

Course Held: At the Living Well Centre

How to book: To book a complementary therapy treatment, please call 01243 775 302 or email: comptherapy@stwh.co.uk.

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