Throughout the year, our day unit team plans a number of activities, outings and events for the patients attending. These can range from seasonal shopping trips, which are of particular interest to patients who are otherwise unable to leave their home, to IT skills/activities supported by students of Glyndwr University.
Today, however, was a first for the day unit, when just after lunch a traditional ‘London Bus’ made a visit to the hospice giving day patients, volunteers and staff the opportunity to step on board and share memories as part of the days activities.
Amy, who coordinates the activities programme for the day unit, had planned a ‘Best of British’ day, riding on the enthusiasm following the birth of the new royal baby. Patients came together from different days of the week and enjoyed ‘High Tea’ as well as having an opportunity to join in working with Rita, an experienced hospice volunteer who, along with other skills, enjoys using lavender in craft activities.
Not all of the patients who attend day unit choose to join in with the planned activities. Day unit is very easy going, trying to find things that interest each individual patients but also offering a place of peace and tranquility for patients to relax and gain support or information from the staff, volunteers and other patients who attend.
Patients can also attend for a structured programme of support with our rehabilitation team including physiotherapy, hydrotherapy or occupational therapy services.
With this sort of start to the week, I wonder what the end of the week will bring?