Three female patients talk and laugh in the Hospice atrium.Living with a life-altering or chronic diagnosis is challenging. The Wellness Centre provides patients and their caregivers with activities that encourage, educate and provide respite from the many pressures that surround living with a diagnosis.

Additionally, the Wellness Centre provides outreach programs and services that offer comfort and emotional support to those most in need in our community.

With more than 47 programs and services, the Wellness Centre receives more than 400 visits a month from patients and caregivers. For a full schedule of current programs, please visit our calendar.

All referrals to the Wellness Centre are managed by our Service Coordinator, Linda Sabatini. Please contact her today at 519.974.7100 to inquire about joining one of our many programs.

Click here to download a printable PDF of our June 2017 Wellness Calendar

Click here to download a copy of our Wellness Centre At A Glance program information

Our Wellness Centre Programs

The following are descriptions of the programs available at the Wellness Centre. There are a wide variety of programs that will enhance your physical, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being. The programs will also help to support, educate and empower you when dealing with a life-altering diagnosis.

ALS (Lou Gehrig) Society

The local ALS Society of (Windsor) Essex County has been in existence since 1984 and serves Windsor-Essex County as well as Chatham Kent. ALS Society is volunteer driven and helps families by providing equipment and services to those who are living with an ALS diagnosis. They offer a support group at Hospice once a month.

Are you Sleeping?

Can’t Sleep? Watching the Clock? Come discover natural secrets to having a better night’s sleep. Learn about the best time for optimum sleep and easy ways to make this happen. Christine Gross leads this educational group on falling asleep, staying asleep and waking up feeling rested.

Basic Functional Fitness

Join Exercise Therapist Paul Laforest as he shares simple exercises to deal with chronic pain.

Chronic Pain Workshop 

The Chronic Pain Workshop is a collaboration between the Hospice of Windsor and VON.  This educational support group is a 6 week series that shares information on how to deal with chronic pain through developing an understanding of chronic pain, medications and a number of complementary practices that can help relieve the symptoms of chronic pain.  Each week has a special focus with guest speakers invited to share their expertise in treating chronic pain.  

Craft Class: Beading 

Our leader will teach this crafting technique. Learn it, make it, and bring creativity to life! No experience is necessary and all supplies are provided.

Creating Memory Albums and Card Making

A fun and relaxing time of displaying and preserving your precious family photos and stories. A starter kit is provided. Our leader will coach in making Scrapbooks and Cards.

Coffee House

Our Wellness Centre community welcomes singers, poets, story tellers and musicians to come the last Wednesday of every month and share their talent.

Coping with Caregiving

This support group meets monthly and is open to any adult who is providing physical and/or emotional support to someone living with a life-altering diagnosis. Themes of the group will include coping with the extra work of being a caregiver, changing roles in the family, self-care for care-givers, advocating and planning for the care of their loved one. Volunteer respite and transportation may be available with advance notice.

Energy Programs

We offer three energy work modalities Radiant Touch®, Reiki and Therapeutic TouchTM.  Trained Volunteer Practitioners hold their hands on or just above your body which aligns your chakras or energy centres and allows your mind and body to gain a unique state of very deep rest. For more details, please call Linda Sabatini at 519.974.7100 ext. 2202. 

Face Yoga

Freshen your face the natural way.  Christine Gross teaches simple massage, exercise & energy techniques to help you look and feel good!  Make sure to bring a small hand towel when you come in.

Game/Card Club Come join us for a variety of games and socialization.

Guitar Classes

Bring your guitar and join Joe to learn basic chords and simple current songs. This class is open to all ages and skill levels.
 
Healing with Art

Express your artistic side and enhance your healing. No experience is necessary and all supplies are provided. See our calendar for details each month .

Introduction to Relaxation Techniques *NEW*

Join Dr. Yoshida as he shares simple methods for dealing with stress, anxiety and fear. There will be discussions and participation in learning how to relax. Topics will include: meditation, slef-hypnosis, tapping and energy techniques.

Jammin’ For Wellness

Do you play an instrument or sing? Would you like to go out to the local jams but are just too tired? Then join Joe as we utilize playing live music to enhance our wellness. PA, mics, drums, and keyboard are all here.

Just for the Health of It *NEW*

Join Joe Perry to explore how better balance between mind, body and spirit can enhance our wellness.  See how to get the “Max” out of our Wellness Centre and find the tools needed to make positive changes in our lives and those around us. This program is open to patients, caregivers and families.

Knitting with Libby

Express your artistic side and enhance your healing. Join Libby to create some beautiful crafts and share some good stories. No experience is necessary and all supplies are provided.

Lakeshore Cinema Movie Time* NEW*

Often times when in treatment, normal activities like going to the movies have to be avoided due to immune system concerns. Lakeshore Cinema will be offering a viewing time just for Hospice patients & their family members. Join us once a month at Lakeshore Cinema for a free movie. Concessions will be available for purchase at a discounted price.

Life Stories Program

Assigned volunteers will assist patients to capture important aspects of their life on digital audio recordings. This can be shared with family and friends as a legacy item.

Life Style Changes Program

This four-session group provides participants with an overview of the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social changes encountered by both the patient and the caregiver when dealing with a life-altering diagnosis. Please register early, since space is limited. 

Living Through Grief

This group focuses on integrating loss into life. This bereavement support group is for adult family members who have lost a loved one while receiving Hospice services. Join Paul Sharrow on the second and fourth Thursdays each month.  

Men’s Club

Men with a life altering diagnosis are invited to come together for support and socialization.

Mind Matters: An Introduction to Managing Your Moods

This is an educational workshop designed to help people living with a life-altering diagnosis improve their coping skills by managing their mood. A deeper understanding of how thoughts affect moods and learning strategies to modify thinking is a component of this program.

Multiple Myeloma

A support group for people living with Multiple Myeloma and their family members and friends. The group often has a guest speaker and meets every second month on Saturdays from 2-4pm.

Sharing & Caring Drop-In Group

This support group is open to any adult living with a life-altering diagnosis and caregivers. The group meets twice monthly on a Tuesday morning from 9:30 till 12:00 noon for support.  Half of the group consists of a topic driven discussion and the second half is a peer support based check-in.

Spanish Lessons

Join Adelina for a great time learning Espanol. Did you know that learning a new language can help reduce the cognitive impact of medical treatment and reduce the psychological stress of a life-altering diagnosis by keeping your mind active. Lessons are open to all ages and no prior knowledge of Spanish is necessary.

Tai Chi/ Qi Gong

This program consists of a simplified form of tai chi with emphasis on slow turning and stretching along with a form of Qi Gong known as Ba Da Jin. This is a great way to relax and improve your health.

Windsor-Essex Prostate Cancer Support Group

A monthly support group for men living with Prostate cancer. The group often has an educational speaker, sharing the most up-to-date information regarding prostate cancer .The group which includes adult family members, meets the second Tuesday of each month from 7-9pm.

Yoga

Gentle Yoga is designed to help you relax and stretch your body.  Throughout the exercises, focus on your breathing and finding a comfortable place in each pose. Available on days and evenings!

Chronic Pain Management Assessment & Referral Program (CPMARP): A partnership with VON Canada

The CPMARP team will provide an in-depth pain assessment(s) to those persons suffering from chronic pain in the Erie St. Clair (ESC) district. Thorough pain assessments may be completed by one or more members of the team consisting of an Intake Registered Nurse, a Nurse Practitioner, an Occupational Therapist or a Social Worker. Together the team will collect the appropriate information and provide each referred client with effective and efficient pain assessments, treatment options, and recommendations for ongoing pain management in order to increase the client's quality of life.

Patients must have non cancer-related pain, are not considered end of life (palliative comfort care) and be diagnosed with chronic pain greater than 3 consecutive months. Patients with a WSIB or motor vehicle accident claim are not eligible.

All patients must be referred to the CPMARP head office by their Family Physician. For a referral form, please contact 1.855.419.5200.

Life Song Stories - Creating Memories Forever (partnership)

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