Our Living Well service at Grove House offers practical care and social support for patients diagnosed with cancer or other life-limiting illness in a positive and active environment. All patients in Living Well are continually monitored and assessed by specialist nurses who offer symptom management and emotional support. You can also get support from other patients and volunteers in a group setting.
If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer or another life-limiting illness and are worried about coping and keeping your symptoms under control, then our Living Well Service can help.
Patients attend Living Well for one day a week and places are initially allocated an agreed number of weeks based on your individual needs. If you are in remission from your illness, have no symptoms related to it or no longer need the support, you may be discharged. You can always be re-referred at a later stage if need be.
Your care will be reviewed on a weekly basis while under the Living Well team.
Who can come?
To qualify for our hospice care, you need to be registered with a GP surgery within our catchment area and have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.
How do I get referred?
If you are already known to Rennie Grove, a member of staff can refer you.
If you are new to Rennie Grove, you can request a referral to 'Grove House Living Well' from any health care professional involved in your care, including your GP. Referral guidance for health care professionals can be found on our website here.
Alternatively, you can self-refer by phoning us on 01727 731000, or calling in to Grove House between 9am and 3pm Tuesday to Thursday or 9am-1pm on Friday, when our nurses will be able to advise and assess you for a place on Living Well. When self-referring, it is helpful if you can provide us with your GP name and address and your preferred method of contact.
What will happen when I get there?
You'll have the opportunity to receive care tailored to your needs and to take part in a number of different activities.
Each week one of the nurses will meet with you and you will have the opportunity – in a calm and sensitive setting – to voice any concerns or worries you may have.
The nurses can:
- assess any symptoms you may have and provide advice about managing these
- manage dressings and injections for you
- help with your oxygen and nebuliser therapy
- refer you to other appropriate healthcare professionals as needed
- offer health education
In addition to your clinical care, lunch is available and there will be other optional activities designed to improve your wellbeing, such as:
- social interaction – to improve your confidence
- complementary therapies such as reflexology and reiki – to boost your physical and emotional well-being
- art and creative activities
- visiting speakers
- Pets as Therapy (PaT) dogs
When are the Living Well Services open?
Living Well is open between 10:15am-3pm, Tuesday to Thursday.
Where is the service provided?
Living Well takes place at Grove House which is located next to St Albans City Hospital.
How will I get there?
Our volunteer drivers can provide transport for you to and from Grove House. There is also a limited amount of free parking in a barriered private car park at the rear of Grove House which is allocated on a first come, first served basis.
What does it cost?
There is no charge for the service but we will ask you for a small donation each time you visit to help towards the cost of food and drink.
All Rennie Grove services are provided at no cost to the patient or their family. As a registered charity, we rely on the generosity of the local community to fund around 85% of our annual running costs, allowing us to care for thousands of patients and families every year.
If you would like to make a donation to support our work, please go to renniegrove.org/donate.