Family and Carers Support
Our Family Support services once you are referred to the hospice will help you, your family and your loved ones deal with everything you are facing at this time. All of our services are provided free of charge.
Support for families and carers
When supporting our patients, their quality of life is our highest concern. This means their whole lives, physical, emotional, spiritual and social. Your loved ones play a huge role in what’s happening to you and this is a time when they need support as well.
Our children and family therapists help the loved ones of those facing life-limiting illnesses cope as best they can and show them how to effectively support each other. They are experts in helping adults, children and young people of all ages.
Our support services are free and available from the moment you are diagnosed.
Saint Francis Hospice offers advice and support to help those experiencing hospice care maximise their quality of life. You may need help liaising with your employer or your child’s school. You may worry about what happens if you can’t cope at home. Financial concerns can also become a factor when applying for additional funding or benefits.
Whatever the issue, our team can help you get on with the rest of your life without the frustrations and limitations of practical concerns.
A crucial part of hospice care lies in helping people deal with anxiety and find the peace to enjoy the company of family and friends. Emotional support can be as important to your care as clinical intervention, so we’re here for you from your diagnosis onwards.
Our counsellors help people in our IPU, Day Therapy, as outpatients, or in their own homes. Communication is key to these sessions and we provide an encouraging space for you to talk openly and confidentially about anything that’s troubling you.
Enabling people to express themselves in this way helps them come to terms with their illness more easily and communicate more clearly with those they love. If you need someone to help you talk things through, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
For more information on any of the above, please call the Family Support team on 01708 753319.
Carers Drop In
Join us for:
- practical advice and support
- time to chat with other carers
- a friendly ear and a cup of tea
- time out and some breathing space.
Over a six-week period you’ll be offered a safe space to explore your grief in a supportive and encouraging environment. With a combination of education and interaction, this group helps you work through the emotions you’re feeling and move forward with adjustments to your future life.
Better Together Programme
- an opportunity to share experiences and learn from other carers
- a time to receive support for yourself
- chances to learn and develop your role
- some time to have fun!
Held on-site, the group is facilitated by members of our family support team and consists of eight two-hour sessions. If you can’t manage all eight sessions, feel free to attend whenever you can.