Welcome to Kilbryde Hospice Day Service Team!
We accept referrals from Hospital teams, GPs and Community nurses for patients with life limiting conditions and following an outpatient nurse assessment they may be offered a place on our 12 week Day Service Programme.
This programme embraces the Empowerment and Enablement model of patient centred care. This is where we focus on increasing confidence and finding ways to adapt every day activities to make them achievable and promote a degree of independence. We may not be able to add days to your life but our aim is to add life to your days and very quickly dispel the myth that the hospice is always a sad place.
We are a team comprising of 2 registered nurses, 2 clinical support workers, 2 complementary therapists, music therapist, chaplain and a group of motivated and dedicated volunteers. Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and bring with them their tireless enthusiasm, life experience and positivity.
We are very fortunate that one of our volunteers brings along “Harley” the dog our hospice Therapet. Harley gently mingles with the patients and brings a smile to everyone faces. We are also fortunate to receive regular visits from the children who attend the local nursery and entertain the patients with their singing and participate in our arts and craft sessions on special occasions.
We focus on patients’ individual goals, symptoms, anxieties, cares and concerns and develop each session of our 12-week programme to address these topics. The activities range from gentle exercise, relaxation, mindfulness, complementary therapies reminiscing/mind stimulation, music therapy and individual symptom management. These topics are covered in a discerning and sensitive manner with the patients very quickly bonding together providing much needed peer support, companionship and confidence building.
We recently had 2 students for South Lanarkshire College who completed a placement within Day Services. They quickly settled in and demonstrated compassion, dignity and respect and the patients appreciated their gentle enthusiasm.
The feedback from our patients and carers is positive and as staff members being part of their journey through Day Services is humbling and rewarding. Feedback from patients include: “Helpful staff who care”, “Immensely improve my confidence”. “Meeting new people and doing things I thought that I would never have been able to do.”
“We appear on our first morning and meet as anxious strangers and by lunchtime we have become friends with both staff and each other.”
“ There is such a lovely atmosphere where we feel safe to express laughter and tears almost in the same sentence.”