Integrated Wellness

Integrated Wellness services intend to provide equitable service access to our clients, and a means to participate in self-care activities that support the physical, and indirectly, the emotional element of their needs.

Please call us to schedule an intake with our Community Program Manager to gain access to any of our Integrated Wellness programming, and to learn more about all of our programs, which are available to support you at no cost.


Bereavement Walking Group

Our Bereavement Walking Group is a weekly program located at the Royal Distributing Athletic Performance Centre (RDAPC), on Wellington Road 30 (Marden Road). The walking group intends to support clients experiencing grief and bereavement by creating an atmosphere of companionship and understanding.

This group is facilitated by a Regulated Health Professional who guides participants first through warm-up exercises, followed by 45-60min of walking, and closed with gentle stretching.

This community program is available every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.; please come prepared to walk outdoors most often, and bring indoor shoes to walk on the indoor track in cases of inclement weather and the winter season.


Gentle Yoga

Our Gentle Yoga program is open to all levels of physical ability, and participation can be modified to suit your needs with a chair or yoga blocks. Our volunteer yoga teacher with her RYT 500 designation approaches each class with the intention of supporting participants by centering mind, body & spirit.

This community program is open to clients seeking support for a life-limiting illness, caregivers &/or bereavement. This program is available every Monday from 1:00 until 1:45 p.m. excluding statutory holidays.


Massage Program

Our Massage Program has existed in partnership with the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy (CCMH) Cambridge Campus, since 2006. Massage treatments are provided by students in their second year of study, and supervised by the program coordinator, who is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), and Instructor at the College.

This community and residential program is made available to our residents, families and caregivers, community palliative clients, and clients seeking bereavement support. Scheduled appointments are available every Tuesday and Thursday evening (with a few exceptions following the school calendar year).


Therapeutic Touch®

Therapeutic Touch® has been integrated in our core programming since our organization’s inception in 1980. Our volunteers offer this service to our residential floor on a daily basis to support residents, along with their families and caregivers. Hospice Wellington volunteers also graciously extend this service to palliative clients in their home, as well as the Chemotherapy Clinics of Guelph General Hospital, and Groves Memorial Community Hospital in Fergus.

This evidence-based modality can be practiced with or without physical contact, and has been shown to reduce pain, anxiety, and stress by facilitating the body’s natural healing process.


Therapy Dog Program

Our beloved therapy dog Taksim, is a Löwchen breed (“little lion dog”), who visits our residential floor and interacts with residents, families, staff and volunteers every week.

This program is made available through a partnership with St. John Ambulance, and graciously companioned by one of our volunteers since 2015. A study conducted in 2014 suggests that interacting with dogs is as useful as conventional stress management programs in reducing anxiety and depression. We can speak from experience in saying, our volunteer and Taksim bring immense joy to every one of us during their visits.