Support For Families And Carers
We also support patients’ families, carers and close friends.
Carers looking after a loved one at home who is seriously ill need ‘cared for’ too. Our Carers’ Service provides support, information and advice and equips them with the skills they need to look after their loved ones and themselves.
In addition, our social workers are trained to recognise the difficulties which families face when someone is seriously ill. They provide help and support with the emotional and psychological effects of serious illness as well as practical advice on financial matters or anything else that families may be worried about. They also provide information and support to families who wish to talk to the children about what is happening.
Hospice care does not end with the death of a loved one. Bereavement care has always been an important element of hospice care. Families and close friends are offered counseling by trained staff and volunteers. As well as one to one support, they can also attend Relative's Evenings which provide an opportunity to return to hospice and to meet others who are also experiencing bereavement. Returning to the hospice can be a helpful part of the grieving process.