Welcome to Living Well at Katharine House

We know that when you’re affected by a serious illness you will have your own wellbeing and support needs, whether you’re a patient, carer, family member or someone who has experienced a bereavement. The Living Well service at Katharine House is here to support you during such a time of change and need. 

What is Living Well?

The aim of Living Well is to enhance the wellbeing of people affected by life-limiting illness. Wellbeing means different things to different people and so our aim is to offer a programme of varied support and activities within which we hope everyone will find something right for them. 

The service is run by a multi-professional team including a nurse, health care assistant, chaplain, social worker, physiotherapist, lymphoedema specialist nurse and bereavement lead and it’s supported by a team of volunteers. All of our team bring something different to the service and contribute to the varied programme. 

The Living Well team in the gardens at Katharine House, early March 2020.

The Living Well service is open to:

  • anyone with a life-limiting illness
  • carers and families of someone with a life-limiting illness
  • and those who have experienced bereavement within the last year.

Some of our activities, such as the choir and health walk, are also open to our local community. 

Living Well during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak

After careful consideration, we have decided to temporarily suspend all group and drop-in Living Well sessions at Katharine House Hospice in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

We are now working hard to think of ways to continue to connect with our Living Well users and to find ways to bring you support focused on your wellbeing and helping you to live well. 

Five Ways to Wellbeing

Five Ways To Wellbeing

The Living Well programme is based on the Five Ways to Wellbeing, these are five themes of activities that are known to enhance wellbeing and support people to live their lives in a happier, more fulfilling way. One of the themes might really resonate with you or perhaps a combination of them all. 

Click on any of the links below and you will find a number of ways to support your wellbeing. These are a combination of external websites, online activities and some online support being delivered by our Living Well team.

Connect …

… with the people around you. We know this isn’t as easy as normal at the moment, but it is more important than ever to find ways to connect with others. Think of your family, friends and neighbours as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day. 

Ways to Connect>

Be Active …

Step outside. Walk around your garden. Take an extra step. Climb the stairs. Move gently to music. Garden. Try an online exercise class. Walk across the sitting-room. Exercising, however big or small, makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.

Ways to Be Active>

Take Notice …

Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are out in the garden, looking out of your window, eating lunch or talking to friends on the phone. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.

Ways to Take Notice>

Keep Learning …

Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Combat technology. Try cooking a new recipe. Explore a virtual museum. Listen to an interesting podcast. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.

Ways to Keep Learning>

Give …

Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Give someone a wave from your window. Join an online community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.

Ways to Give>

The Living Well resource centre

Although the ways in which we explore these themes may have changed in recent times, they are now more important than ever, and we have put together a large selection of resources to help you do this in each of the pages linked to above. 

Many of the resources are online. There is so much out there at the moment that it can feel a little overwhelming, so we have selected some online resources that we thought you might like to explore. We’ve broken them down into categories so that hopefully you can find the sort of thing you are interested in easily. However, as these resources are externally created and managed, Katharine House Hospice cannot be responsible for the content, we are simply signposting you to them. 

We are also in the process of developing some ‘in-house’ Living Well sessions, support and resources. Due to the current circumstances, most of these will also be online, but as soon as we feel it’s appropriate ,we will move to face-face contact - one step at a time. 

Please explore these pages and let us know what you think. We love to hear your feedback and we want to make this as helpful as possible to you, so please email us at [email protected] to let us know what you think and if you have any ideas.