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Support Groups and Programmes

Hibiscus House regularly hosts a range of group meetings and support programmes for patients and their caregivers which are run by trained volunteers and overseen by our clinical and family support teams.  Patients and caregivers come in for 1-2 hours of support, sharing, fun and laughter. Specific relaxation activities are also enjoyed in this very supportive and friendly environment.
Chair Yoga
Who: A yoga group for patients and caregivers at Hospice.
What purpose: Chair yoga involves simple and gentle body centred yoga practices which have been adapted and modified to suit hospice patients and their care givers. The practices will focus on mindfulness of body and breathing, with a focus on relaxation.Chair yoga is effective at reducing tension and stress and improving breathing and mobility. Morning Tea is provided.
When:

Tuesdays 10:15am-11:15am, Fortnightly

Where: Hibiscus Hospice Lounge.
Contact:

For more information call Brendon Sakey (social worker) on (09) 421 9180 or ask your hospice nurse to refer you to the class.

 
Caregivers Programme
Who: A support group for caregivers of patients at Hospice.
What purpose: The group is facilitated by counsellors and provides education and support. Topics include nutrition, self-care, relaxation strategies, support services and many more.
When: Every Wednesday, 10.30 – 12.00 noon throughout the year. A morning tea is provided. This in an open group with people attending whenever they are able.
Where: In the Chapel at Hibiscus Hospice.
Contact:

If you wish to attend please contact your community nurse or Susan McHugh on 09 421 9180. 

 
Men's Group
Who: Primarily for bereaved men, though patients are also welcome.
What purpose: This is a social group with lunch followed by a guest speaker.
When: Alternate Mondays.
Where: In the Lounge at Hibiscus Hospice.
Contact:

For more information and to view the programme of guest speakers, please contact Vincent on 09 421 9180.

 
Movement to Music
Who: Offered to everyone within the Hospice service. This includes patients, family members & those who are bereaved.
What purpose: Modified and simplified Tai Chi. Low impact movement to music designed to promote relaxation and improve wellbeing.
When: Mondays 10:30am to 12pm
Where: In the Lounge at Hibiscus Hospice.
Contact:

For more information please contact Susan McHugh on 09 421 9180.

 
Relaxation and Self-Care Programme
Who: For patients and their main caregiver.
What purpose: This programme provides education, guided mindfulness & relaxation practices and support. The focus is on managing stress and anxiety. Other topics include nutrition, exercise and sleep. This programme is facilitated by our social worker.
When: Thursday mornings 10:30am – 12 noon. A morning tea is provided. This is a 6 week programme and participants are asked to start in week 1 or week 2.
Where: Hibiscus Hospice Lounge.
Contact:

If you wish to attend or would like more information please contact Brendon Sakey on 09 421 9180.

 
Stepping Out Bereavement Programme
Who: For those bereaved within the previous 6 months.
What purpose: A support and educational programme.
When: Thursday mornings 10:30am until 12 noon with morning tea. The group runs approximately four times per year, for six weeks at a time.
Where: In the Chapel at Hibiscus Hospice
Contact:

For more information please contact Susan McHugh on 09 421 9180

 
Pamper Days
Who: For bereaved women.
What purpose: Pampering for bereaved women. Qualified professionals offer massage, hair styling, feet & nail manicures and much more. A delicious lunch and morning tea is provided.
When: On a Sunday four times during the year.
Where: In the lounge at Hibiscus Hospice.
Contact:

For more information please contact Susan McHugh on 09 421 9180.

 
Open Doors
Who: Open to all patients. Care givers are also welcome to attend.
What purpose: A social support group with a variety of activities, such as coffee mornings, speakers/presentations, activities and pampering.
When: Every Wednesday 11.00 am – 1.00 pm from 24th of January throughout the year.
Where: In the Lounge at Hibiscus Hospice.
Contact:

For more information please contact Pauline Louette on 0274 630 445.



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