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. 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.

Complementary therapy

Our team of qualified complementary therapists offer many treatments to help you relax and cope better with the stress of your illness, as well as easing pain and other symptoms. These include relaxation classes, massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, acupuncture and sound therapy. They also teach basic massage to carers. 

Our complementary therapists work alongside our medical and nursing staff to improve your wellbeing, reduce anxiety and help you to relax.

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, care for the skin and control odour.

We have an experienced team of volunteer therapists who work in our Woodgrange Centre offering out-patients appointments, as well as therapies for patients in our inpatient unit and out in the community.

What therapies are on offer?

  • Acupuncture
  • Aromatherapy
  • Crystal therapy
  • Exercise
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Massage
  • Reflexology
  • Reiki
  • Relaxation
  • Sound and music
  • Spiritual healing
  • Art activities

Social activities

We hold regular quizzes and fun bingo sessions which people enjoy participating in and socialising with others. These sessions help people keep intellectually stimulated, helping them forget their illness and uplifting their mood.

Crafts and Art sessions

People can be in pain, feeling lonely or just a bit down. In our art sessions, we work together to help them unlock their creativity and enjoy life.

Emotional and Practical Support

If you have recently been diagnosed or your situation has changed, you might feel overwhelmed, and our 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 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

Advocacy

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 quiet room for contemplation and prayer and a range of resources that you are welcome to borrow while your family are being looked after here.

Reminiscence/Life Story Books/Memory Boxes

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. We prepare reminiscence boards to prompt discussion and memories. Topics include – childhood, schooldays and fashion.

Making a memory box can be an emotional but rewarding experience. You can fill your box with poems, CDs/tapes, letters, photographs, perfume and other small items that are precious to you. We can provide resources and support you to prepare a memory box as a personal gift to someone special.

We are always happy to talk to you about:

  • Reminiscence groups
  • Life storybooks
  • Memory boxes
  • Letter writing

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.

What our patients say

Originally my kids weren’t sure if I should attend the WellBeing 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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