Day Services aim to provide a therapeutic environment, enabling the patient to have an increased sense of confidence and empowerment to support you in living with your illness.
Day Services at St John's Hospice provides specialist palliative care, a complementary therapy program, a range of health related outlets and resources, as well as creative activities to access in a safe and supportive environment. People are welcome to attend at all stages of their illness; when newly diagnosed, in treatment, living with symptoms of their illness and when requiring specialist care, input and advice. Our aim is to help individuals manage their conditions more effectively and improve overall quality of life.
Day Services offers an initial placement of up to 12 weeks. Everyone admitted to Day Services undergoes an assessment and is allocated a designated staff member to support them in developing a personal care plan, setting achievable outcomes and creating a structured programme based on needs. This program is subject to ongoing reviews by the client, Day Services staff and in our multi-disciplinary team meetings which are attended by doctors, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists.
The Day Centre is open from 10am - 5pm on weekdays with the exception of Wednesday (when outpatient clinics and group programs are scheduled). The choice of which days to attend and how the patient utilises the programs and services may depend on medical and personal commitments, the patient's wish for privacy and confidentiality with regard to personal preference, diagnosis, treatment etc.
Whilst attending, a range of services can be accessed:
- Monitoring in relation to: medications, treatment processes and options, changes in routine/structure, substance use/abstinence, and follow-through on appointments;
- Help in establishing a suitable routine and structure; focusing on maintaining a commitment to individual and group programs, sessions and activities, preparing for access to college and further education, looking at returning to work, and volunteering opportunities;
- Setting out specific and achievable objectives and monitoring progress and change;
- Help with accessing and establishing a professional support network; and additional medical and clinical resources in the community;
- Encouraging positive change; (re)building a sense of confidence and well-being through establishing personal & social structure and wellness routines, including exercise and relaxation programs on an individual and group basis. We also offer a free programme of arts activities to patients.
- Accessing Complementary Therapies (including massage, reiki, reflexology and acupuncture) to relieve physical and psychological symptoms and aid in the management of pain, mobility, depression, anxiety and stress; and
- Social interaction; many people become socially isolated, have minimal community support and few relationships, and will have experienced significant loss/ multiple losses.
Transport via our Palliative Care Ambulance Service is provided for people who have poor mobility or experience other difficulties using public transport.
People are discharged from Day Services when their needs have met or their continuing needs can be met in the community by clinical and social care teams.