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. Katharine House is here to support you with the things that you need during such a time of change and need.

Our Living Well service provides a safe, friendly and welcoming environment where you can come for advice, support and to meet people in a similar position to yourself.

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 as a precautionary measure in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

However, we are publishing fortnightly newsletters to enable us all to keep in touch. You can read and/or download each newsletter as it's published on our Living Well newsletters page.

Read the Living Well newsletters >

Who can come to Living Well? 

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.

Monday and Thursday drop-in sessions: these don't require a referral from a healthcare professional. If you're independent with your personal care and mobility, then you are welcome to just drop in. If you require assistance with these needs, we ask that you attend with a carer.

Wednesday assisted places: for patients who require additional support, we currently offer six assisted places on a Wednesday. A referral by a district nurse, GP, Katharine House community nurse or other healthcare professional is required to access these places.

Our team will be happy to talk things over with you by phone or in person. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you would like to know more.

What’s on offer?

When you come to the Living Well service, you’ll be able to talk to and join activities led by our professional team of skilled volunteers. Activities you can join include:

  • Art and crafts
  • Assisted jacuzzi bathing
  • Bereavement cafe
  • Community choir
  • Carers cafe
  • Carers courses
  • Chair yoga
  • Chapel services
  • Complementary therapy (massage)
  • Exercise class
  • Family history exploration
  • Friday health walks
  • Hairdressing
  • Quizzes and puzzles.

Many of these activities run as drop-in sessions and you don't need to book. Others require booking in advance.

Download the Living Well programme Spring 2020 for more information.

How much does it cost?

Wherever possible, the Living Well activities are offered free of charge although we do gratefully accept donations and on occasion a small voluntary charge may be requested.

Some sessions will offer light, freshly-cooked meals or refreshments prepared by our kitchen, available for a small suggested donation.

Trialling Living Well

If you’re apprehensive or unsure whether coming to Living Well is right for you, you are very welcome to drop in for a cup of tea and a chat to find out more. Please do feel free to come to a drop-in café with family or friends to help you decide if this is the level of support that is right for you at this time.

Your comfort and safety is important to us. We'd be happy to answer any questions you may have before you come or during your visit (see contact details at the foot of this page).

Looking after you as an individual

We’re here to help you with the things that matter to you. For example, if you’d like to seek support from our social worker or talk to our chaplain, we can arrange it for you. 

Whether you are a patient, a carer or someone who has been bereaved we want to support you as an individual at a time of transition and need.

When you visit the Living Well centre we encourage you to identify what will help you most. Whether it’s being in the company of others and enjoying a chat, or simply finding a quiet space where you can sit and relax, we’ll do everything we can to make you feel comfortable.

You may be coming for specific activities or for more general support to discuss any worries you have or goals you would like to achieve. If your concerns involve physical symptoms, we will need to ask your permission to access your medical history from your GP before we can give any advice.

Practical points about your care

Your GP will remain your main medical adviser while you come to Living Well and will be responsible for prescribing medicines. 

If you have specialist or complex symptoms, we can organise for one of our team of specialist doctors to assess and advise in liaison with your GP.

Getting to Living Well

If you have no transport or independent way to get to Katharine House, we may be able to help with the practicalities by providing a volunteer driver occasionally. We ask for a small suggested donation to help cover the costs of this service. If you would like help with transportation, please ask about our volunteer driver service at your first visit.

Get in touch

Telephone: 01295 811 866

Email: [email protected]