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Helping you to help yourself: Positive Steps to Wellbeing

Supporting people develop skills to improve their own wellbeing is the aim of a series of free, pop-in sessions being held by experts at Earl Mountbatten Hospice.
 
Anyone with a life-limiting illness, as well as their friends, family and carers, are welcome to join the sessions, which take place every Wednesday, from 1 February 2017, between 1 and 2pm in the John Cheverton Centre. A wide range of support is on offer, from advice on eating well and encouraging exercise to coping with breathlessness and financial help.
 
Sessions are led by our specialist staff and offer a safe and supportive environment to discuss and explore ways to improve general wellbeing. Past participants have found previous sessions very useful, with comments including “It was relaxed and interactive”, “I learnt a lot of tips about how to keep my skin in good order” and “I felt rejuvenated!”
 
Sally List, Social Worker at Earl Mountbatten Hospice, said: “The sessions aim to improve wellbeing for those with a life-limiting illness providing information, tips and support to enable each person to better manage their life-limiting illness. Led by our expert staff, they seek to offer a safe
and supportive environment to discuss and explore ways to improve general wellbeing.”
 
Age UK are also supporting some of the sessions by offering free falls assessments (see details below), with the opportunity to book a falls’ assessment in people’s own homes.
 
Refreshments will be available before and after the sessions in our Sunflower Cafe.  If you have any questions, or would like to find out more, contact Sally List on (01983) 529511 extension 368. Booking on to a session is essential; please contact Chris Martin on (01983) 217304.
 

Session 1          Eating Well                 Wednesday 1 February 2017

Tips on meals and meal preparation, and answering questions about reduced and changed appetite
 

Session 2        Living with Fatigue     Wednesday 8 February 2017

Coping strategies to help manage fatigue, practical tips to help get a better night’s sleep and looking at how to reduce the risk of falls. Free falls assessments available at this session from Age UK
 

Session 3          Encouraging Exercise           Wednesday 15 February 2017

Practical tips for exercising at home using a chair, an opportunity to develop a personal exercise plan and how to reduce the risk of falling. Free falls assessments available at this session from Age UK
 

Session 4        Coping Skills for Breathlessness       Wednesday 1 March 2017

Tips on how to manage feelings of panic when breathless, breathing exercises,
how to reduce feelings of panic and looking at ways to reduce risk of falls. Free falls assessments available at this session from Age UK
 

Session 5          Protecting Vulnerable Skin    Wednesday 8 March 2017

How to ensure skin is protected, how carers and family can support a person with vulnerable skin and practical tips to protect skin
 

Session 6        Relaxation      Wednesday 15 March 2017

Opportunities to try different relaxation strategies and tips on how to develop your own relaxation strategy at home
 

Session 7        Financial Help Wednesday 29 March 2017

Opportunities to look at possible available benefits, information on how to apply for benefits
 

Session 8        Developing Coping Strategies            Wednesday 5 April 2017

Tips on developing and enhancing existing coping strategies, and sharing examples of coping strategies
 
10/01/2017

"They look after you and they're so caring. I'm not frightened of dying."

 

Chrissie Fenton, patient