We’re open­ing our doors for Drop-In Day

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

THE East Cheshire Hospice Drop-In Day will be held from 10am to 2pm on Fri­day, March 24.

Doors of the hospice will be flung wide open for mem­bers of the pub­lic and health­care pro­fes­sion­als to learn more about the hospice ser­vices.

The drop-in day will fea­ture in­for­ma­tion about the full range of ser­vices on of­fer at the hospice that sup­port pa­tients, fam­i­lies and car­ers.

“When peo­ple think of hos­pices they think of one thing – a place for those with life-lim­it­ing ill­nesses,” says Sun­flower Cen­tre sis­ter, He­len Hen­shaw.

“But at the Sun­flower Cen­tre we think of our­selves as a well-be­ing cen­tre of­fer­ing so much more – from stan­dard med­i­cal ser­vices, such as phys­io­ther­apy, to less fa­mil­iar pro­grammes such as a car­ers sup­port pro­gramme, and this open day is a way of more peo­ple find­ing out about what we do.”

The cen­tre, which opened in May 2011, has its own sep­a­rate en­trance at the East Cheshire Hospice and is open five days a week of­fer­ing a range of dif­fer­ent types of ser­vices and sup­port, all free of charge.

One of their most pop­u­lar ser­vices is the De­men­tia Carer Well­Be­ing pro­gramme, an eight-week course to help car­ers en­hance and de­velop cop­ing strate­gies, share ex­pe­ri­ences and gain peer sup­port from oth­ers in sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances.

In ad­di­tion there is the Liv­ing Well pro­gramme, which runs weekly over a six month pe­riod, to sup­port peo­ple di­ag­nosed with a life lim­it­ing ill­ness through their treat­ment, and pro­vides on­go­ing sup­port.

As well as pro­vid­ing spe­cial­ist pal­lia­tive care sup­port to en­able pa­tients to re­main in their own home, the cen­tre also of­fers a be­spoke breath­less­ness man­age­ment pro­gramme which is run over an eight week pe­riod, three times a year to help peo­ple with their anx­i­ety and re­lax­ation tech­niques.

The Well­be­ing cen­tre also of­fers a range of out­pa­tient ser­vices. These in­clude com­ple­men­tary ther­a­pies, such as In­dian head mas­sage and Reiki plus phys­io­ther­apy and oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy ser­vices, psy­cho­log­i­cal sup­port and lym­phoedema man­age­ment ser­vices.

And the cen­tre also has prac­ti­cal ses­sions of­fer­ing guid­ance on fi­nan­cial and le­gal sit­u­a­tions for fam­i­lies.

To find out more call 01625 665685 or email ad­min@echos­pice.org.uk.

He­len Hen­shaw

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