North Kent hospice expands wellbeing services for families facing terminal illnesses

PUBLISHED: 13:30 27 September 2016 | UPDATED: 13:33 27 September 2016

Ellenor Hospice in Gravesend

Ellenor Hospice in Gravesend

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Ellenor Hospice has revealed they will be offering more financial and counselling support in line with Hospice Care Week

Ellenor Hospice has revealed it will be extending the support it provides for patients and carers to mark Hospice Care Week on Monday, October 3.

The charity, which provides care for individuals with life-limiting illnesses in Kent and Bexley, will be building new wellbeing services to offer better quality and personalised support for those who use the hospice.

Help offered to patients and carers in claiming the benefits they are entitled to will be extended, alongside more counselling and therapy classes for those needings psychological and emotional help.

The hospice will also be hosting new classes including poetry groups, meditation and gardening, and hopes to introduce community hubs to extend the services it provides into the local community.

Dr Russ Hargreaves, head of wellness at Ellenor, said:

“Wellbeing is characterised by a state of good health, happiness and contentment and is not something we would ordinarily imagine going hand in hand with hospice care.

“On the contrary, most people imagine hospices to be all about death and dying and not something we can easily imagine involving squeezing the best out of every situation.

“However, that’s exactly what we’re attempting to do at Ellenor. In a radical new development, we are building new services which will help our patients, their carers and local residents to get the very best out of each and every day.”

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