If it matters to you, it matters to us. We hope our range of services will help you feel calmer, happier and more in control.Sharon's story
Courses and classes at Beacon View
At our Beacon View Wellbeing Centre, we offer a range of interesting courses and classes. Learn something new, enjoy a hobby with others or find activities that help you feel more in control.
Our practical sessions include breathlessness clinics, gentle group exercise, relaxation and mindfulness, fatigue management and managing medications and are here to help you manage your symptoms and get more of what you want out of life.
Creative classes will help you explore your skills, creativity and identity. Choose from sessions such as craft, up-cycling, creative writing and photography.
Living with illness can feel daunting and there is lots to think about. We offer an education programme to help you understand Wills, directives, do-not-resuscitate orders and funeral planning so that you can make informed decisions and seek advice where needed. As part of our education programme we also hold ‘Ask the doctor’, ‘Ask the nurse’ and ‘Ask the physiotherapist’ sessions.
There are also a range of social groups available so that you can enjoy a cuppa and a chat with others who understand what you’re going through.
Counselling for people affected by life-limiting illness
Our counselling service provides a safe, confidential space that may be able to help you make sense of and adjust to life at this difficult time. Counselling can help you to improve your quality of life, feel more in control, understand your choices and improve your relationships. Our counselling service can be accessed individually or as a couple/family, in your own home or at the hospice.
Life-limiting illness may mean you have to consider financial and practical issues that have not arisen before, such as needing to stop work because of your diagnosis or a relative needing to stay at home to be there for you. Your everyday costs might go up too: you could be travelling here or to the hospital, dealing with parking costs, using your phone more to keep your family and friends updated, or using additional gas and electricity if you are spending more time at home. Our welfare advisors can discuss any of these concerns with you and offer advice and guidance on benefits, mobility, housing, pensions and practical home-care and residential services. They can also help you to plan practically for your future.
Complementary therapy is given alongside conventional medical treatment. It may help you feel more relaxed or to sleep better and can even relieve pain and improve energy levels. You can enjoy six complementary therapy sessions over a number of weeks. Our hospice therapists offer treatments including massage, aromatherapy, reflexology and reiki. Clinics run three mornings a week. If you are too unwell to come to the hospice, we may be able to arrange a home visit for you.
When living with illness, people often reflect on their life experiences and important questions can arise. You might question what your life has been about, whether you have done ‘enough’ in your time, what is most important to you, what kind of funeral you would like, or what will happen next. You may just wish to chat informally about the things important to you – perhaps your interest in music, gardening or other pastimes. Our spiritual team can help you find your answers, or simply chat confidentially about anything you feel you need to. If you are of faith, we can call on people from all faith backgrounds to support you. We also hold weekly communion services and can pray with you if you would like.
Some people prefer to be quiet and reflective at this time; we have a Sanctuary – a place of peace -where you can do this. In here there are a range of leaflets you can take, including poems and prose that you may find comforting.
How can I be referred to the hospice Wellbeing services?
If you have already been referred to the hospice, just speak to your Clinical Nurse Specialist or contact the wellbeing team on 01444 471598. If you haven’t yet had any contact with our hospice, you can talk to your GP about our services; they can refer you if they feel our wellbeing services would be beneficial to you. Your relatives and close friends will also be offered support.
Do I have to pay?
Through donations, legacies, events and other gifts, our generous community cover over 80% of our running costs, meaning hospice care is free of charge to patients, their family and friends.
How often will I need to come in?
We’ll work with you to create a timetable that suits your lifestyle and meets your needs and wishes. This might mean coming in one day a week to take part in sessions or classes or alternatively, just coming to the hospice for set appointments.
Is there food available at the hospice?
Yes! There is a café open in the Beacon View Wellbeing Centre on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays where you can order delicious sandwiches, paninis and cakes.