Therapies

Our physiotherapist and complementary therapists can help you to manage your symptoms. They aim to help you live your life to the full no matter what illness you may have.

Physiotherapy

Our specialist physiotherapist can help you with physical problems associated with your life-limiting condition. Physiotherapy can play a key role in palliative care and focuses on helping you to improve and maintain quality of life and to enable you to be as independent as possible regardless of prognosis. Some of the symptoms physiotherapy can help with are breathlessness, fatigue and pain.

Living Well Programme

For our patients that can attend our Day Centre we offer the Living Well Programme. The four week programme aims to provide education and practical tips on how to self-manage a number of symptoms including anxiety, fatigue and breathlessness. Patients and carers can be referred to us for an assessment by any member of clinical staff at the hospice.

Complementary Therapy

Our complementary therapists work alongside the other hospice teams to help manage your symptoms. These might include insomnia, anxiety, constipation and other side effects commonly associated with treatment.

The therapies we provide are Reflexology, Reiki, Aromatherapy, Massage, Hypnotherapy, Visualisation/Relaxation techniques.

The course of treatments we provide will vary depending on individual needs.

Phil was shell shocked when diagnosed with Prostate Cancer three years ago, age 44. Not knowing where else to turn, Phil self-referred to the hospice, already aware of the service as his father- in- law had received support.  “When I was diagnosed I was unsure where to turn. The hospice helped me understand my diagnosis and then explained the services they could provide to support me and my family” Shortly after Phil’s referral his specialist nurse saw he was suffering from a number of stress induced problems and suggested complementary therapy. “I was sceptical to begin with, but I could soon feel the benefits. My stress levels decreased and my sleep dramatically improved”. Phil received reflexology, massage and aromatherapy he also received these treatments when staying at Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan hospital.   The treatments improved Phil’s physical and psychological symptoms, allowing him to open up, discussing his fears and anxieties in a safe and relaxed environment. “It was my oasis in life, it was me time and I didn’t get that anywhere else. I would highly recommend having complementary therapies to anyone who is unsure. They have helped me no end and I haven’t looked back since” Phil explained.  During Phil’s journey he accessed a variety of the hospice’s services including family support, nursing and therapies. The clinical team worked together providing the support Phil needed.   Phil was discharged from the hospice as his symptoms were controlled and stable. Although Phil was anxious about discharge, he worked with the team and knows that should anything change, the hospice is only ever a phone call away.