Who cares for the carers? At St Luke’s we believe it is important that we support families and carers, as much as we support our patients.
If you are supporting or caring for someone who has recently been diagnosed with a life limiting or life threatening illness or is now in the advanced stages of their disease, our Day Hospice Carers Services are here for you.
To be a carer doesn’t always mean that you are having to physically look after someone’s daily needs, being a carer is about being present in that moment with your loved one. Sometimes you just need someone to listen.
- We are aware that in these current times it is often difficult to get out of the house for appointments for yourself, so our team of qualified nurses can offer regular telephone support to carers.
- We also are introducing a virtual Carers Group over the coming months. More information will follow about this.
Our service offers support to carers with the following:
- Emotional/psychological support – help to understand what is happening, support to adjust to changing circumstances and deterioration in the health of the person you are caring for.
- Coping skills – advice and guidance on relaxation and anxiety. Our complementary therapist team is able to provide guided relaxation techniques over the phone, a skill that can be learned and used in the privacy of your own home.
- Practical advice – tips and ideas that can help to enable independence of your loved one at home.
- Symptom management advice to enable you to help manage symptoms that the person you are caring for experiences, such as fatigue, reduced appetite, nausea, constipation and pain to mention but a few.
- Assistance in liaising with other health care professionals.
- Referrals can be made to other services such as benefits adviser, social worker, counselling and our spiritual care and chaplaincy team.
- For any referrals we make that are directly for your relative we would need to gain their consent.
For a referral to Day Hospice Carers Services please ask your own GP or a health care professional involved in your loved one’s care to complete our carers services referral form.
Your relative that you are supporting does not have to be attending the Hospice for you to access our carers support.