A carer can be anyone – husband, wife, partner, family member, friend or neighbour.
It can be devastating to hear that someone you are close to has a life-limiting illness. We understand journeying with them through one of the most difficult times of life is hugely challenging for families and carers of the person who has become ill. Our team provides specialist advice, care and support for everyone affected, whether your loved one is at home, in the Hospice or other places of care, for the duration of the illness and beyond.
Carer support is available to everyone: the patient and the family, loved ones, carers and friends of a patient already known to the Hospice through any of our services – whatever you are finding most difficult, we will tailor our support and care for your individual needs.
How we can help?
Help with finances and benefits
You may be entitled to financial help with the costs of caring, and we can help you find out what you are entitled to and how to claim it.
Emotional and psychological support
The stress experienced by many carers can show itself in many ways. Carers may experience a mixture of psychological and physical complaints such as anxiety, low mood, fatigue etc. We can help support them during this difficult time.
Support for young carers
People can be carers at any age, and often a child or young person may be caring for their parent, grandparent or other relative. We can support them in getting the help they may need to manage.
Aids and Adaptations
There are many aids and adaptations which can make life easier at home, and which can help people stay in their own homes for as long as possible. We can offer you advice on products that may help you and the person who is helping you.
Complementary therapies are available not only to you but also to those close to you. They can help to ease the symptoms of stress and anxiety, improving sleep and general comfort.
We run support groups specifically for carers, to enable them to meet other people in the same situation, and to share knowledge and experiences. We also invite speakers to come and explain what other support or services may be available for you.
We can provide support for those who are affected by the death of someone close who has been known to our services.
If a family member is referred to the Hospice, then go and see the place before they do. From the minute you walk in the door and have a tour of the building you feel love and warmth and it will help alleviate your worries and fears for your loved one. You really need to see it for yourselfGlen, Patient’s son
All the nurses really took the time to get to know us.