We know that, even if you have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, sometimes all you want to do is get on with your life in the best way that you can. At the Vitality Centre we are here to support you to do just that.
It is our aim is to enable you, as far as possible, to lead your life in the way that you would wish. The Vitality Centre is staffed by a multi-skilled team, including volunteers. We can help in a variety of ways to support as many people and their families living with a life-limiting condition in our community as we can.
We can also help by signposting patients and carers to other services which could help them.
We see the types of care we can offer as vital in enabling you and your family to live positively with your condition.
Who is the Vitality Centre for?
Any adult of any age diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. We can also offer support for anyone caring for someone with a life-limiting illness.
What is on offer?
Our Vitality Centre provides a sessional rolling programme based on a 4-6 week timetable. There are both individual and group sessions, depending on your needs. This might include:
How do I get referred?
Patients and carers can self-refer or be referred by healthcare professionals*. GPs are kept fully informed of any care that we provide to you and it is your GP who retains overall care for you. If you have been referred, completed your treatment and been discharged, there is no problem in being re-referred if your condition changes.
*Please note that for medical outpatient clinics, referrals are made by GPs or other healthcare professionals.
When can I come?
At the Vitality Centre we offer a sessional based programme. When you are referred or refer yourself, we will talk to you and decide with you what would be most appropriate. We will then arrange an appointment date for you or let you know the starting date of the next sessions, depending on what you need.
Our drop-in sessions on a Friday are open to anyone, so you are welcome to attend these immediately. We will work in partnership with you to ensure that, as far as possible, you are getting the most benefit from, and accessing, those of our services that can help you the most.
What about carers or family members?
Looking after someone who is ill has its own set of stresses. That is why we also offer sessions including relaxation, complementary therapies and mindfulness and counselling to carers and family members. Find out more here about how we can help carers.
We hold a weekly drop in session in our café/dining room on a Friday morning, 10am -12pm, for patients and carers to find out more about us. It offers the opportunity to come and have a chat with a member of our staff so that you can learn the different ways that we might be able to help you or a loved one or friend involved in caring for you.
Where is the Vitality Centre?
Our Vitality Centre is located in a purpose-built facility adjacent to the hospice. We’re not far from Warrington Hospital. There is a café/dining room, a lounge, craft/therapeutic room, relaxation area, consulting rooms for physiotherapy and complementary therapies and counselling rooms. Our building is welcoming, light and airy and also has a lovely garden with raised beds. If you would like to take a look around and find out more about how we can help, then just come along to our Friday drop-in session where there is always someone on hand to show you round and tell you more.
Or you can give us a ring on 01925 579212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.