When someone you care about is diagnosed with a terminal illness it can be overwhelming for everyone. That’s why we’re not just here for our patients but for the family and friends who surround them.
Our support for loved ones and carers, as well as the patient themselves, encompasses all aspects of life and is tailored to the needs of the each individual; whether it’s practical, emotional, spiritual or social support.
Support for children and young people
Our social worker is here to work with patients and their loved ones in identifying what help and support they need, now and in the future.
Children and young people often have different needs to adult members of the family and helping them to understand the changes illness and bereavement brings is extremely important.
So we provide support specifically for them.
We talk with parents and family members on how best to approach their children about what is happening. We support the children themselves through play therapy and one-to-one counselling, and we ensure they are receiving the support they need in their communities by liaising with their teachers and schools and other groups that may offer help.
Jake is thankful for the counselling support he received from the Hospice when his mum was ill. To anyone who isn't sure or doesn't think it will help them he says:
“Don’t brush it off. Be open-minded, give it a go and see what happens. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it and the support of my family. The Hospice staff are very focused on everybody, they’re so kind and caring.”
Read Jake’s story here.
For more information, please contact our Family Support Team on 01622 792200 ext 260.