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Living with Frailty

What is frailty?

Frailty is a health state related to the ageing process and it can make it more difficult to live a full and independent life. Frailty brings a loss of resilience that means people don’t bounce back quickly after a physical or mental illness, an accident or other stressful event. If you have frailty, there are things you can do to manage the situation, such as eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep. You may also need help from family and friends or from a professional caregiver.

Health professionals use a tool to assess frailty in adults called the Rockwood Scale and it describes different levels of frailty.

The Rockwood Scale:

  1. Active energetic and motivated
  2. Able to exercise regularly
  3. May have medical problems but still regularly walk
  4. Not completely independent, symptoms limit your activities
  5. Slowing down and sometimes need help with daily activities
  6. Help with outside activities and may need help with personal care
  7. Need support with all day to day activities
  8. Completely dependent for personal care
  9. Life expectancy under 6 months

We're here to help

You'll meet with a member of our team and given the opportunity to attend our wellbeing programme which includes sessions on:

Managing fatigue and energy levels: understanding the causes of fatigue and strategies on coping.
Keeping active: simple and accessible exercises, suitable for all abilities.
Eating well: nutritional advice to take into your daily life.
Emotional wellbeing: group support, connecting and sharing your experience with others
Planning ahead: thinking about what support looks like for you in the future.
Helping you to live well and stay independent for longer: practical advice and help with things like benefits and local support services.

Your loved one or carer is welcome to attend too.

How do I access the Living Well Frailty Programme? 

You can self-refer to St Barnabas House hospice care, which means that you do not need a referral from a healthcare professional.

To make a self-referral, you need to be 65 or older and be within 4-6 on the Rockwood Scale. Simply complete the online form. It only takes a few minutes! You can also ask someone to complete the form on your behalf.

We'll then be in touch to discuss your needs and how we can help.

Refer yourself to Living Well
Frequently asked questions

Like all our care, the Frailty Programme is completely free of charge.

We have secured funding for the innovative Frailty Programme to run – as part of a national initiative to expand frailty care.

Our frailty sessions are run by specialists in each area including registered nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and social workers.

Every session will be at St Barnabas Hospice.

You’ll need to organise your own transport to and from the hospice – if you’re being dropped off by a loved one, we have a café open (10am – 2pm. Monday – Friday) where they’re welcome to stay while your session takes place.

If public transport is accessible to you, there is a bus stop 0.4 miles away from the hospice. The nearest train station is Goring-by-Sea.

See our visiting the hospice page for more information.

Each group will consist of no more than 10 people. We keep the groups quite small so that every person gets individual attention and has the opportunity to ask questions and get to know each other.

Once you’ve finished your 6 weeks wellbeing programme we will discuss with you if there’s any other services you’re eligible for, and can help you access other local services that are more suitable.

If you require more specialist support or care from the hospice in your home or the In-Patient Unit, you will need a healthcare professional to refer you to us.