Our Family Support services are available to all patients, relatives and close friends connected with Northern Ireland Hospice. We offer pre-bereavement, bereavement and post-bereavement support to all who require emotional and practical help, or just a “listening and empathetic ear”.
The Family Support team ensures that care is given not only to patients, but also to those who care for them. The physical, emotional and psychological needs of carers can often be overlooked as carers regard the needs of their loved one as paramount, being reluctant to consider their own needs.
Family support is provided by all the Clinical Support team which consists of; Chaplains, family support co-ordinators and social workers. Our staff are trained to recognise the difficulties which patients, families and carers face when someone is seriously ill.
Family and carers' support services are here to help you by:
- Providing help and support with the emotional and psychological effects of serious illness and loss.
- Offering support and counselling to you or your family or friends about any aspect of your illness.
- Providing information and support for families who wish to talk to their children about what is happening.
- Helping you and your family to talk together about what is happening.
- Arranging support for you at home.
- Acting as a link with other staff involved in your care.
- Providing practical advice regarding financial issues, or anything else you may be worried about.
- Signposting you to other services.
- Acting as an advocate for you.