After coming to terms with a terminal diagnosis, patients and their carers can often face practical worries relating to their work life, financial security and legal matters.  

Our Welfare Advisers can help you and your family navigate through the maze of options which may be available to you. If you or your loved one are having to reduce your working hours or give up work altogether, we can help to reduce that financial gap as much as possible with advice on employment, grants and benefits.

If you’re concerned about family affairs and who will make decisions on your behalf if you’re no longer able, we can provide you with information on such issues as making a Will and appointing Lasting Power of Attorney.

In 2018, over 47% of the patients and families referred to our Welfare Service received an increase in income. The highest amount a family received was £483.33 per week, while the average amount meant that families were £108.95 per week better off.

Paula Smallwood enjoying a biscuit decorating class, part of the Living Well programme.
Paula Smallwood enjoying a biscuit decorating class, part of the Living Well programme.

“The Hospice’s Welfare Advisor helped me with all the forms I needed to complete for work and made sure I accessed the benefits I was entitled to. It was invaluable I would never have known where to start.”

To read Paula’s story visit Your stories.

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