One-to-one support and therapeutic groups
During the coronavirus pandemic, keeping the people we support safe has been our main priority. Our services remain open with some creative changes in place to make sure that our patients receive the care and support they need at this time.
The support we offer can be over the telephone, email or virtually through Teams, depending on patient preference. Our team members can also offer home visits if they feel that’s more appropriate.
We offer face to face and virtual sessions for:
- Individual therapeutic activities
- Symptom management and self-help techniques for breathlessness, sleep and fatigue
- Patient and carer wellbeing sessions such as Relaxation and Complementary therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and psychological support
- This includes tripudio, a gentle movement and exercise class
- Support from our Social Workers, including help with emotional, practical, financial and social issues
- Occupational therapy
- Music therapy
- Spiritual care
- Life story work
- Carer support
- Signposting/ referrals to other services
While we’re unable to hold groups onsite, we’re currently holding virtual groups on Teams for peer support, facilitated by members of our expert team.
The groups include our programme of therapeutic activities and short courses, which provide an opportunity for people to come together and learn new skills, or manage symptoms of their condition.
People who attend sessions often tell us that courses have allowed them to share memories, be creative and have helped to improve their wellbeing.
Just some of the courses on offer include:
- Positive steps
- Arts and crafts
- Drop-in support groups
- Fatigue management
- Tripudio exercise class
- Creative writing
- Music therapy
“The setup of the sessions is very informal and designed to make patients feel completely at ease in a confidential environment. They are a great way for patients and carers to experience first-hand the services provided here, aswell as an opportunity to access support and advice at St Oswald’s and in the wider community.”
Carole Taylor, Co-ordinator of Therapeutic Activities