Support for carers
It isn’t just our patients who need and benefit from our care and support. We know that family and friends can find caring for a loved one to be a challenge.
While the primary focus of our care is always our patients, we also provide a great deal of help to their carers, family and friends - who will themselves be facing a challenging time, often with limited support for themselves, and without any training or preparation.
Help and advice
It can be time-consuming and challenging enough to meet the needs of someone who is coming to the end of their life. There's often practical help available - but where do you turn? We try to help where we can - for example, by explaining the grants and allowances available for patients who are living at home.
Citizens' Advice Bureau surgery
We hold a Citizens' Advice Bureau surgery at the hospice every month so that people can come in, speak directly to a specialist and understand more easily what is available to them.
Leading the way
This year, we're taking part in national research, to help develop an assessment tool which is focused around the needs of the carer. We're one of just 6 UK hospices taking part in the research and are piloting the tool this year. The concept is to improve the support which hospices provide for carers - helping them when and where they most need it.