Our free Living Well courses are for people with an illness that cannot be cured to help them learn how to manage their symptoms at home.

The courses are open to people living with illnesses such as cancer, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic kidney disease, Parkinson’s disease and motor neurone disease and who are registered with a south Worcestershire GP.

Sessions provide patients with new skills, strategies and techniques through education, exercise, therapies, creativity and group support.

With many courses participants will be encouraged to practice techniques to learn how to manage symptoms at home; to help gain the maximum benefit from the course and develop confidence to continue practicing once the course has come to an end.

As the Living Well programme is individually tailored to specific needs and goals, it begins with a short assessment, which lasts up to an hour.

At the end of the assessment the individual may be offered a bespoke programme (which may be one or more of the courses below) or signposted to an alternative service.

During the Living Well programme individuals will be offered a re-assessment at key points. Once they have come to the end of their programme they may wish to look at community-based projects and activities to continue to practice skills and benefits from the courses attended.

The Living Well courses are co-ordinated and run by a wide range of hospice staff with support from trained volunteers.

While carers and relatives may attend some courses to support their loved one, it is not always appropriate to do so. Please discuss this with a member of our Living Well Team.

Referral: A health care professional can refer individuals to the Living Well Centre by contacting our referral gateway team on 01905 763963 or the individual can call the team themselves if they have any questions.

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Living Well Centre social groups nature therapy
A group of people take part in a seated Tai Chi session in the hospice's Living Well Centre.
ipu support services
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Two people wearing pink jumpers tend to a vibrant yellow sunflower in the hospice's Living Well Centre.
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A physiotherapist stands with a patient who is sat using an exercise bike. They are in the hospice's physiotherapy gym.