Caring for Carers

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Reassuring carers they are not alone. At St Cuthbert’s Hospice, we understand the importance of caring for those who care for others.

It is an integral part of our mission to support carers caring for individuals with life-limiting illnesses. To support and guide, and most importantly reassure them they are not alone. In so many ways caring can be a positive and rewarding experience for some, but it can also leave people in need of care themselves.

We value the precious time of those in a caring role. That is why we make it our priority to provide support in a way that suits them best. We offer a range of carer centred support within the Hospice, and this also extends out into the community too.

Our fantastic Family Support Team are based at the Hospice to support individuals and their families using our In-Patient Unit and Living Well Centre services. By sharing knowledge and offering access to valuable resources, the team helps to guide individuals, families, and carers throughout their Hospice journey. But most importantly they provide a listening ear.

Caring can take a toll on both physical and emotional health. At our Living Well Centre, we recognise the special role that complementary therapies can play in relieving not only physical symptoms but emotional ones too. Providing much needed relief from stress and anxiety. To receive a complementary therapy, whilst knowing your loved one is being cared for close by, offers piece of mind for carers and a much needed moment of relaxation.

Many people are surprised to learn that we have a Dementia Specialist Admiral Nurse, who is available to provide specialised support and advice to people living with Dementia and their carers. In collaboration with the newly launched Community Outreach Programme our Admiral Nurse helps to run a communitybased support group for carers of people living with Dementia.

The group is a safe, comfortable, and friendly environment where people can meet, socialise and support one another. The wonderful words shared by those we support shows the special impact that caring for carers can have. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we did.

Words shared:

“Every Tuesday afternoon, I join my husband at the Dementia Support Group. It is a comforting environment where he can relax, play dominoes, and socialise with others while I chat with fellow caregivers nearby.”

“All of the staff at St Cuthbert’s are professional and are always ready to listen. They are kind and understanding of how a carer feels emotionally when caring for their loved one. The service is first class, and I would have no hesitation recommending them to anyone in need of support.”

“The Admiral Nurse was fantastic to talk to. They allowed me time to talk about my experience and offered really helpful advice particularly about the importance of looking after myself as a carer.”

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