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P-188 Changes and new initiatives in day therapy, offering patient choice and personalised sessions
  1. Janet Manuel and
  2. Josephine Potts
  1. LOROS Hospice, Leicester, UK


Background LOROS Day Therapy has recently extended the services that it offers to patients. This paper will outline the three services that Day Therapy is offering, including examples of the wellbeing sessions being offered at each service.

Aim To showcase Day therapy and the additional services now being offered and how this has helped to transformed care.

Method By offering three different branches to the Day Therapy service:

  1. ‘Traditional’ Day Therapy days currently being offered four days per week. Clinical referrals accepted for symptom control, social isolation following diagnosis and a day’s respite for carers.

    • Holistic nurse assessment by a Registered Nurse

    • Support and the giving of information through a programme of wellbeing sessions (e.g. managing fatigue, falls prevention, mindfulness)

    • Clinical procedures

    • Creative work

    • Complementary therapy

    • Occupational therapy and physiotherapy

    • Social interaction.

  2. 10 session ‘Therapeutic programme’ currently offered one day a fortnight aimed for those patients that need support emotionally and psychologically as a result of their diagnosis.

    • psychological support with a Registered nurse

    • Specifically tailored wellbeing programme aimed at supporting these patients emotionally and psychologically. (e.g.: advance care planning, anxiety/mood management)

    • Holistic nurse assessment

    • Chaplaincy

    • Complementary therapy

    • Relaxation.

  3. ‘Drop in’ Day Therapy sessions running one day a fortnight. No clinical referral required, patients and carers can ‘drop in’. This is a social model, run by volunteers with no clinical input.

    • A programme of wellbeing sessions i.e. flower arranging, cake decorating, visualisation sessions

    • Creative and craft work

    • Complementary therapy

    • Supported by volunteer bereavement support worker

    • Group and peer support.

Outcomes All referrals made into Day Therapy are triaged to ensure a bespoke service is offered according to each patient’s needs, thus transforming care by providing services tailored for each person’s requirements. Feedback and patient evaluation will be quoted on the finished poster.

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