Jenny Mathieson, Occupational Therapist writes: At Shalom House we aim to bring interest and enjoyment back into patients’ lives, and to broaden their horizons beyond their illness.
We discussed possible activities with a small group. When it became clear that they wanted to experience the countryside again, we approached the Walkability Officer from Pembrokeshire National Park Authority for advice. Instead, he volunteered to meet the group and a week later he led a ‘wheelchair walk’ around a local bird reserve.
We now have a regular outdoor group, reintroducing patients to the natural world via beaches and coast paths. We have our own “scooter” and have access to others owned by the Park Authority. Sometimes the group takes a picnic lunch to make the most of the day.
Walking is popular because it’s such an ordinary activity. It allows patients to escape from being unwell and to meet people unrelated to their treatment.
We are looking for volunteers to help with our walking group – please see our Volunteer page for further information.
Most of the day is usually spent in our conservatory with the beautiful views to Carn Llidi and Penberi and the sea in the distance. We also have private rooms if you would like a confidential chat with our staff or just fancy your own space for a while to rest. You can join in as much or as little as you like. In fine weather, there may be opportunities to go out with staff or to sit in the sunshine, relishing the peace and tranquillity of our wonderful location.
Many patients like to join in a game like Bananagrams after lunch. Others prefer art projects, reading, gardening or become absorbed in the jigsaw puzzle always laid out in the corner of the conservatory. From time to time, our cook Julie offers demonstrations or works with individual patients to make bread or biscuits. Tell us what you like to do, and we will see what we can do to make it happen!
Our Focus Fridays include regular workshops and sessions, both at Shalom House and at other venues elsewhere in the County, providing advice on living well and maintaining quality of life, including: eating well, pacing, look good-feel better, general advice and support.
“It was relaxing-something different………..nice host and lovely staff. Learnt a lot about face care I didn’t know about………”
“Meeting new people, and of course the beauty session!…….”
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Please let us know if you would like to attend
We provide a range of complementary therapies at Shalom House and patients who access our treatment sessions comment that they find them very relaxing, enjoyable and beneficial.
Complementary Therapies work holistically with your body’s own natural healing processes and energy on a physical, emotional or spiritual level, which although not a cure, can work alongside medical advice or conventional methods of treatment to assist with symptom management and quality of life issues. Many of the complementary therapies we offer encourage relaxation, reduce stress, help to calm emotions, relieve anxiety, increase confidence and self-esteem.
Some of the Complementary Therapies we offer include:
- Relaxation techniques
A visit to Shalom House enhances health and wellbeing in more ways than one. Many of our guests welcome the opportunity to meet and mix with other people, some of whom are going through similar experiences.
“It is always a very pleasant experience to come to Shalom and meet up with like-minded people. The staff are excellent and can’t do enough for you”
“the meeting of people in the same situation as myself……..we were able to laugh at things that had happened to us. It’s what all of us felt”
Shalom House is not affiliated to any religious group. We have good relations and links with St Davids Cathedral, the Vicar for St Davids visits to give Communion. If a patient wishes, we can arrange for visits from clergy of any denomination or advisors on a one-to one basis.
Written after a short stay at Shalom House in the form of
a prayer poem
Father, this place holds me in its stillness
Your arms enfold me with the love of humanity
Your kindness comes through every smile and soft touch that enriches and moves my heart, as if I bleed with your love.
The love that is so willingly given, full of blessings.
I do not need to ask or cry,
It’s there for me in every corner,
It shines from every face,
It speaks in every voice of care and consideration and respect, and through the pain, the sun begins to shine; from the cocoon the butterfly begins to take flight and grief becomes a thing of beauty and thing of privilege because it’s formed from love
Thank you Father, thank you Shalom and all it holds.
All its workers, its helpers, its patients, its people.
Its fullness and its joy.