Caring for People in Harrow & Brent

Wellbeing Services

Our Wellbeing services are made up of a variety of different professionals who offer emotional and psychological support, personalised care planning, physiotherapy, complementary therapies and bereavement care to you and your family.

These activities can be given whilst you are at home, as a face to face visit or by phone/video call, as an inpatient, or as an outpatient attending an appointment at the Woodgrange Centre. To discuss a referral to any of our services, please contact the Wellbeing Administrator on 020 8382 8042 or 07542 305 277.

Physiotherapy

If you need to, you can see a physiotherapist who will assess you and give you an exercise programme to ease your symptoms. This can help you to maintain your mobility and fitness, and help prevent falls, strengthen muscle weakness, and ease joint pain.

We have exercise equipment for you to use too, including an exercise bike – which is great for exercising without putting too much strain on your body.

We also offer group exercise to help motivate, improve balance and coordination.

Complementary therapy

Our Complementary Therapists work alongside our medical and nursing staff to improve the wellbeing of patients and carers.

Complementary treatments may positively help a range of problems. This might include breathing difficulties, pain & discomfort, anxiety, loss of confidence, insomnia, nausea and spiritual issues. They can also help to maintain joint flexibility and skin care.

We have an experienced team of volunteer therapists who work in our Woodgrange Wellbeing Services offering outpatient appointments to patients and carers.  We also provide therapies to patients and carers in our Inpatient unit and out in the community.

What therapies are on offer?

  • Aromatherapy
  • Exercise
  • Massage
  • Reflexology
  • Reiki
  • Relaxation
  • Sound Therapy Relaxation
  • Art & Crafts
  • Moments in Life (memory work)
  • Gardening for Hope

Social activities

We have regular opportunities for patients to enjoy participating in. These sessions help people keep intellectually stimulated, opportunities to socialise with others, keeps them moving, helping them forget their illness and uplifting their mood.

Arts and Crafts sessions

Our Arts and Crafts group is not only a creative space for our Patients but it is also a sociable, supportive group.  This group can help to relieve feelings of loneliness or just a feeling a bit down while unlocking creativity and add enjoyment to life.

There is also a virtual option available.

Emotional and Practical Support

If you have recently been diagnosed or your situation has changed, you might feel overwhelmed, and our Specialist Family and Patient Support team can advise you about what help is available to you and your family.

Relationships may often come under pressure, or you become concerned about the effect on someone you love. Support from outside the family can be beneficial to help everyone adjust to their new and changing situation. People often need the opportunity to express and discuss how they are feeling.

Our specialist team includes Palliative Care Social Workers, Family Support Workers and trained volunteers. All of who can provide additional emotional and practical support to help you and your family find a way forward together at a time when you might feel as if your illness has taken over everything.

Welfare Benefits, Advocacy and Practical Support

Many families find their income is reduced when someone is seriously ill. We can provide practical help, information and advice regarding:

  • Welfare benefits
  • Care Packages
  • Housing
  • Transport and mobility e.g. disabled parking badges

Translation Service

We can arrange a translator, speaking a variety of different languages, to support any discussions necessary.

Supporting children

Children and young people may also need help in understanding illness and the changes it has caused. Our team can work with you to assess their needs and guide you in supporting younger members of your family.

Spiritual Care

It is important to us that you and those close to you feel comfortable to express and practice your spiritual and religious needs. We do not know what is important to every individual, so please feel free to discuss this with us. At the hospice, we have a Faith room for contemplation and prayer and a range of resources that you are welcome to borrow while your family are being looked after here.

Moments in Life/Life Story Books/Memory Work

Do you look back on life and consider all the things you have achieved that have become part of your family history? Many people like to create a lasting legacy by preparing their own life storybook for their family and friends.

Talking to others and listening to their memories can be a great way of reminding yourself of things. Our Moments in Life volunteers can support you to develop lasting memories through a variety of activities.

Memory Work can be an emotional but rewarding experience. You can fill a box with poems, CDs/tapes, letters, photographs, perfume and other small items that are precious to you. There are other ways that memories can be created and our team are happy to support you with this.

Advanced Care Planning

Serious illness and ageing can bring challenges that many of us would rather not think about, but we might also be anxious about loss of control and decisions being made on our behalf. Thinking ahead, involving those close to you and recording your wishes may not be easy but can be very reassuring.

Any member of the team will be pleased to talk to you about what is important to you such as; planning your own care, discussing how you wish to be treated medically and where you might like to receive your care.

Support for Carers

Relationships may often come under pressure or you become concerned about the effect on someone you love. Support from outside the family can be beneficial to help everyone adjust to their new and changing situation.

People often need the opportunity to express and discuss how they are feeling.

Our team of specialist workers and volunteers can meet with you at the hospice, or in your own home (North Brent and Harrow), on your own or with anyone you choose to be there. They can provide emotional and practical support, explore ways to help you cope, help build your confidence and identify and develop personal, professional and community support networks.

What our patients say

Originally my kids weren’t sure if I should attend the Woodgrange Centre at St Luke’s Hospice. After two weeks they could see a difference in me from the treatments. I felt lighter and had significant relief from my symptoms. It was good to have the human contact outside of home: it came at the right time.

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