Becoming a carer is not a natural choice for many people. Over time it may become a very challenging and sometimes lonely experience.
Part of the Family Support Team’s role at St Catherine’s Hospice is to ensure that the needs of carers are not overlooked. We value and appreciate all carers and we offer a range of services designed to help those known to the Hospice, as well as a drop-in facility for any carers in the local area, regardless of whether there is a connection with the hospice or not. We recognise the vital work carers do and aim to provide practical and emotional support to help them in their roles.
In this context, a carer is someone who provides unpaid, regular and substantial support to a friend, relative, partner or other person who cannot manage without help because of a physical or mental illness, disability or dependency.
Support may include personal care such as washing and dressing; practical care such as feeding and helping with medication; and emotional support such as providing a friendly face and someone to socialise with.
If, after reading the above, you feel you are a carer, please remember you are not alone. According to charity Carers UK there are over 6.5 million of you in the UK – it means nationally one in eight adults is a carer.
If you feel isolated and in need of additional support or advice you are welcome to contact us. You can also come along to the Carers Drop-In at the Hospice on the first Tuesday of the month from 1pm-3pm.
The social workers at the Hospice recognised that carers’ needs were important, and as a consequence, in 2008 we developed a Carers’ Drop-In. The drop-in was a collaborative approach which saw us work closely with Chorley and South Ribble Carers 1st and Preston Carers Centre – who are now both known as ‘Central and West Lancashire Carers’ – to set it up.
This informal event welcomes all carers, regardless of whether they are connected to the Hospice or not. It provides an opportunity to chat with our Family Support Team, meet other carers, and access information about local carer support services.
The drop-in is a free event and available to ALL carers. Carers can access a range of complementary therapies and beauty treatments; learn new I.T skills; pick up relevant information or help out with a carer’s garden plot. It is also a chance to meet with other people who understand how you feel and enjoy a drink and a chat in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. People usually decide what activities they would like to take part in at the sessions, so topics vary according to who comes along.
There’s no need to book in advance but you can call the Family Support Team for more information on 01772 629171.
The drop-in takes place on the first Tuesday of every month between 1pm and 3pm. Click here to see details of upcoming sessions.
Click here to visit the n-compass website.
The Family Support team also runs a Befriending Service to support carers and those who are socially isolated. Click here to read more.
www.carersuk.org – Freephone 0808 8087777
www.nhs.uk/carersdirect – Freephone 0808 8020202
www.dwp.gov.uk – 0800 0556688
Disabled Living Foundation
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