Pilgrims Hospices Wellbeing and Social Programme is free for anyone with a terminal illness who is thought to be in the last year of their life. It can improve symptoms, enhance mental and physical wellbeing and support the whole family’s ability to cope.

GPs referring to the programme have reported improved symptoms for their patients, and in some cases even extended life expectancy. Support from Pilgrims allows patients to stay independent, and we can give the emotional support they and their carers need to live well. We also offer advance care planning and end of life care in a range of settings.

By making a referral to this through our Pilgrims Therapy Centres you open the door for your patient and their family to benefit earlier in their illness from our full wellbeing and social programme, all available under one roof.

This extensive outpatient service runs from our sites in Canterbury, Ashford and Thanet. It promotes quality of life for any patient with a life expectancy within 1 year and palliative care needs. It allows patients to stay independent, improves symptoms and can give the emotional support they and their carers need to live well.

We know there are currently people with a terminal diagnosis in east Kent who are eligible for free support from Pilgrims but aren’t on our caseload.

You care for your patients throughout their lives – together we can help them make the most of every moment even with an illness that cannot be cured. Because we care too.

The programme includes:

• Therapeutic support from our physiotherapists and occupational therapists to help patients feel better and manage symptoms.

• Creative programmes including art to enhance individual wellbeing.

• Social sessions where people can meet and connect with other patients and receive practical advice.

• Advance Care Planning and practical, emotional and social support for carers including a bereavement programme.

Download our Wellbeing and Social Programme referral guide for GPs

Call our Professional Advice Line on 01233 504133 to find out more or click here to refer to any of our services.