Local charity Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care is launching a pilot online version of a selection of its Living Well sessions, to connect patients who have been and still are unable to come to the Hospice or Beacon Centre during the pandemic.
Phyllis Tuckwell’s Living Well service helps patients and their families to manage the impact of their illness, and cope with living their everyday life. It offers a range of therapeutic sessions to promote physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. These are usually held at the Hospice in Farnham and the Beacon Centre in Guildford, but the groups were suspended when lockdown was introduced, so patients could only be supported from a distance by phone or video calls. Now, however, five of the sessions – Tai Chi, Relaxation, Carer Support, Reminiscence and the Rainbow Project – are being trialled on Zoom.
Another session which is starting up in September is the Rainbow Project. Staff will send out a pack of coloured paper, with each colour being allocated a subject: red is love, orange is memories, yellow relationships, green nature, blue places and purple music. Patients are then asked to create something for each subject, using any media they like – for example they could knit love hearts, draw a picture of a happy memory they have, or take a photo of a place they love to visit. They are then asked to bring their creations to the groups and share it with the others there, talking them through what it represents and means to them.
As well as supporting its patients, Phyllis Tuckwell will also offer a series of weekly sessions for patients’ carers, giving them information about the support that is available for carers in Surrey and Hampshire.
To find out more about Phyllis Tuckwell’s Living Well sessions and the care they offers, visit www.pth.org.uk/living-well-service.