How our neighbourhood hubs can help you

Our Neighbourhood Hubs offer support, practical advice, information and treatment for people living with a palliative/terminal illness or deteriorating progressive disease and their carer.

All our Hub services are free of charge and are centred around your needs and what matters to you.

For patients

One-to-one Outpatient Therapy Appointments

The Neighbourhood hubs offer occupational therapy and physiotherapy one-to-one appointments. This can be face-to-face or over the telephone by video call. Our hub therapists can help with a range of issues, such as shortness of breath, mobility problems, falls, fatigue, anxiety, and practical issues in day-to-day living. They complete a full assessment and focus their treatment on what is important to you.

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Living Well Workshops

Our workshops aim to empower you and your carers by providing information, education and practical tools to help you manage your condition and symptoms. Our workshops last 2 hours with a mid-point break and refreshments included.

We cover such topics as:

  • Fatigue management – Learn ways to manage fatigue, conserve and improve energy and make the most of the energy you do have.
  • Anxiety and Stress management – Learn what happens in our body and mind when we feel stressed or anxious and gain strategies to help you reduce these unpleasant symptoms, adapt and maximise your emotional wellbeing.
  • Breathlessness management – Learn strategies to manage breathlessness and recover quicker.
  • Advance care planning – Explore what matters to you and your priorities for the later stage in life, how to discuss your wishes and what sort of documents might be involved.
  • Soothing the mind – Learn about complementary therapies to calm and relax the body and mind, including aromatherapy and self-massage.

Living Well Groups

Our groups take our Living Well ethos into a setting where you can engage with others while participating in new activities, learning new skills and sharing ideas with others. They aim to give you the tools to maximise your well-being and day-to-day living and are available to patients and carers.

Our current groups are:

  • Gardening – An opportunity to explore gardening activities in an accessible way, get your fingers in the soil, sow, plant, chat and have fun.
  • Well-Being – Time to explore a variety of techniques and ideas to support your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being

Bereavement & Grief

Other ways to support you

Our Neighbourhood hubs are also working towards offering venues for various services suitable for our patients and carers. This currently includes our in-house bereavement support groups, and other services (in-house and external) will be added soon.

Bereavement Support Groups at our Neighbourhood Hubs
A small, monthly, rolling group for anyone who has experienced the recent loss of a loved one. Participants can join for several weeks and leave when support is no longer needed. An opportunity to meet, chat, share experiences and find ways to cope.

How you can be referred to our Neighbourhood hubs

Initial referrals for our Neighbourhood Hubs are accepted from Health and Social Care professionals, but we also take referrals from you or your carer as well. You should be 18 or older and live in Cornwall in your own home.

You may be referred if you have been diagnosed with a palliative or terminal illness or advanced progressive disease – in other words, those whose condition has been determined to be for palliative management, who may be transitioning from active treatment to palliative care, who have severe or end-stage disease; or who have an advanced progressive condition.

This includes diseases such as cancer, heart disease, neurological diseases, and lung disease as well as other terminal illness.

Once we have received your referral, each case is triaged by one of our community services allied health professionals to ensure you meet the criteria and that our services suit your needs.

When your referral has been accepted, one of our team will contact you to learn more about your situation and discuss how we can best support you.

You can view or download our Neighbourhood Hubs Referral Criteria and Referral form below.

For carers

Support for those caring for a loved one with a terminal or deteriorating illness

Our experienced practitioners can provide one-to-one telephone support for carers. This provides an opportunity for carers to discuss their situations and find support and practical solutions, including emotional support, signposting, referral to other agencies, problem-solving, understanding their loved ones’ carer needs and what is available in the community as well as ways to focus on and improve their well-being while they are caring.

Carers can also access a host of useful resources and support from Carers UK.

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