It would be impossible to provide our specialist palliative care without you, our patients’ families and friends giving round the clock care to their loved ones. You are a crucial part of our care team. We know it’s hard to think of yourself as a carer. You may see yourself as just looking after your family member or friend and doing what any one else would do in the same situation.
It’s tough caring for a loved one who has a life-limiting illness and it’s important to acknowledge your caring role to access all the support you can. Emotional, practical and financial support is available to carers and we’re here to help you access it. You may find that caring for someone leaves you with little time for yourself, our team are here to provide some respite.
Here at Willen Hospice we have the facilities, services, gardens and tranquil location to help your wellbeing. Keeping well yourself means that you are better placed to carry out your caring role.
There are many emotional challenges to being a carer, it’s often lonely and exhausting as many aspects of your life and relationships change.
You may find it difficult to see your caring role as separate from the relationship you have with the person you care for. It’s often easier if we can share our worries with people who understand so we are launching a series of informal friendly activities for you to connect with other carers.