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Rehabilitation and Wellbeing services at The Hawthorne Centre

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"Here in the Hawthorne Centre we like to help people to get the best out of a trying time in their lives.  Everyone is different, everyone has different priorities, everyone has different hopes and everyone needs to do different things to be as well as possible.  We let you lead your life and aim to be there for you when you need that extra support and advice.” 


Sarah Bradfield, Rehabilitation and Wellbeing Manager at Garden House Hospice Care.

Many people who come to Hawthorne Centre are still relatively well although living with a life limiting condition. We work closely with family and carers as well as our patients.  Our aim is to provide a range of services that enable patients to live as fully as possible with their condition and optimise the quality of life.  

The Hawthorne Centre team have the expertise to help you think about what is important to you right now and prioritise and plan what you need to be doing to get the most out of your life.  When you meet us for the first time, we will ask you how your condition has affected you, the impact it has on your life and those around you, and support you to address the needs and worries that you or your loved ones may experience.  We will discuss with you the opportunities available at the Hawthorne Centre and in the local community to gain a better quality of life.  We will together develop a plan and set goals that enable you to gain control.  Periodically we will review your plan and adapt it to changes in circumstances. 

If you wish to do so, we can also provide you with a safe environment to discuss end of life preferences.  We know that many people can feel overwhelmed during an illness and, therefore being able to openly discuss your future wishes can help you to restore a feeling of being in control.

Hawthorne Centre Services and Activities

One hour with a qualified member of the team talking about what is important to you.  Issues covered may be physical, emotional, social, financial, spiritual or anything else that is impacting on your health and wellbeing.  We will then work out with you what your priorities are and formulate a plan to address your needs.  This may be groups and therapies here, or with other hospice services or community services. 

After an assessment with a physiotherapist you will be given a personalised home exercise programme or gym programme to undertake here at the Hawthorne Centre.  We have a varied range of machines and equipment and are able support people with different levels of ability and energy. Sessions provide you with the confidence to exercise at the level that is right for you to maintain strength and conditioning for as long as possible.

An assessment with an Occupational Therapist gives you the opportunity to think about how you are managing every day activities physically and emotionally, and whether there are any techniques, services or equipment that would suit you to live a fuller and more independent life. For example, nobody has ever asked for a perching stool but they may be still want to cook dinner for their family and this bit of equipment makes that happen. 

A referral to complementary therapy means that you have identified difficulties with sleep, relaxation, stress management or pain.  Our complementary therapists offer aromatherapy, massage, reiki and reflexology and will help you to identify what suits you. 

Research has shown that gardening or spending time with nature can reduce stress levels and improve wellbeing.  These sessions provide the opportunity to socialise with others in a relaxed atmosphere.  We welcome people of all abilities and are here to support.  We are lucky enough to have access to a large beautiful garden and the group works closely with the gardener.

This session will introduce you to a practice that is simple to learn and will help you in your everyday life when you’ve mastered relaxing your body and mind. 

This eight week programme offers an opportunity to learn and share techniques to manage the physical and emotional effects of changes in health, function and wellbeing.  Come to all the sessions or just the ones you feel are relevant to you. 

In a one-to-one discussion with a nurse, you can establish what is important to you and what your preferences are in your last months and at the end of life.  There are decisions and choices you can make to bring together family, friends, carers and healthcare services so they know what to do to best support you.   

We work very closely with the family support service so should you, your family and/or your carers feel that you need extra emotional support we can refer you directly.

When you are referred to the Hawthorne Centre you become an open case and attend whatever it is you need.  For some people, after the first visit they go away feeling supported, knowing what services we offer and aware of how to return when they need us.  Others may attend more regularly, actively engaging in one or more of our groups or therapies and then having got what they need, they take a break from visiting.  If the plan is for you not to attend for a while, we will close your case. This is with the agreement that when you need us, you get back in touch again and we will reopen your case straightaway.  There is no need to go back to your GP to get re-referred. 

How can I access this service?

Any health or social care professional you have contact with can refer you to the Hawthorne Centre e.g. GP, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Physiotherapist, Clinical Psychologist.

Come in and see us

On Thursday mornings between 10am and 12pm we offer you the opportunity to come and visit, look around, meet one of the team and hear about the services the Hawthorne Centre and the Hospice as a whole provides.  

Please phone us on 01462 679540 to arrange, so we can ensure someone is free to greet you. If these hours do not suit you, please call us to ask for another time. 

Our opening hours are Monday - Friday 9am – 5pm (except bank holidays)