There is no right or wrong way to feel when living with a life-limiting illness. It is likely that people will experience a range of emotions and concerns.
The ‘Be in Charge’ (BIC) group is a six-week programme, run throughout the year, by our multi-professional team to help patients cope better, both physically and emotionally, with their illness. All of the sessions focus upon the many challenges patients face and are delivered by a mixture of professionals at the hospice. A typical session may include a Counsellor providing emotional support and advice on how to maintain happy and healthy relationships. Another session may include a Dietician delivering an interactive cooking class, with easy-to-follow techniques to create a balanced diet.
Other support available on the BIC programme includes advice on how to stay occupied when unable to go to work, or how to keep up your physical fitness and manage fatigue. It is also common for some patients to feel anxious about the unpredictable nature of their illness and how they can manage symptoms themselves, so we also look at this too.
Most importantly, the programme is an opportunity for patients to talk and share their experiences with one another. If you think that you or a family member may benefit from attending a BIC group at Teesside Hospice, contact your GP or Community Nurse and ask them to refer you to our service.