This is a respite day for carers known to Oakhaven which has been supporting carers since 2005
- This is offered to any family or friend who cares for a patient known to the hospice.
- It is held on the 2nd Tuesday once a month. The day is mainly held in the Hospice Day Centre, this includes a variety of activities or speakers ie Arts, Crafts, Lectures and Music. We also have an occasional day out during the year.
- The aim of the day is to provide time just for them to enjoy a relaxed and informative atmosphere. It gives anyone who is caring from them to have a chance to meet up with others for support and comradeship and sharing of ideas.
- The day begins @ 10.30am with a chat followed by informal information given by various speakers. They enjoy a buffet lunch which is provided by Oakhaven’s chefs and it enables everyone to sit together and develop friendships informally. The day ends @ 3.30pm after tea and cake.
- Carers can elect to attend a full day or half a day, either am or pm. We offer transport for those who are unable to drive (this will depend on the availability of our volunteer drivers.) Oakhaven Hospice at Home nurses are available as sitters to free up the carer to attend. This also will depend on availability on the day (a maximum of 4 hours).
- There is Complementary therapies offered if you wish to have a relaxation. One of our volunteer Chaplains usually spends ½ or whole day with us and in the morning Marilyn Seabrooke Macmillan advisor working at Lymington CAB is on hand to offer advice on benefits etc.
- We try and provide a varied programme throughout the year, touching on some difficult subjects at times. This helps them to express their problems, fears and anxieties in a safe environment.