Solas open day

Solas open day

Posted on 28 October 2015 by admin

Solas community and day services at the hospice opened their doors on Sunday 5th October to encourage people from across Ayrshire to pop in and see what’s on offer. Marking the start of Hospice Care Week (6th-12th October 2014) the open day provided visitors with tours of the newly refurbished Solas day centre, including the popular drop in café and newly launched carers’ café. Members of the team were on hand to talk about the services Solas offers including day services, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, hairdressing, headwayr, complementary therapy, and family care.

Very often people think of the hospice as a place you come to die, and whilst end of life care is a very important and highly valued part of the specialised care offered at the hospice, we also provide a wide range of additional services to people with life-limiting illness, and their families. Within Solas we aim to maintain and improve people’s quality of life at any stage of their illness which is why we wanted to encourage people to come to our open day and find out what Solas can offer.

Over 80 people currently attend Solas, coming one day a week and can take part in a whole host of activities including art classes, gardening, fatigue and breathlessness classes, a relaxation group, Simply for You programme and the popular "out and about" group. A team of community specialist nurses from Solas also provide support and advice to patients and their families at home, in community hospitals and care homes.

Stuart McKay has been attending Solas for just under a year. He explains: “Coming to Solas is nothing like I expected at all. I thought it would be all doom and gloom and full of people with terminal illness. But on the contrary, it’s full of life and it’s the most caring place I’ve ever been. The people and staff at Solas are determined to make the most of what they have, and as the hospice says they are determined to make today matter. The staff and volunteers at Solas have made such a difference to me. I’m going to be able to return to work next month and much of that is due to the support and services I have accessed through Solas”