When someone becomes unwell, often their loved one finds themselves providing support and practical care.
Today, on Carers Rights Day, we’re highlighting how we can support those looking after a loved one with a serious, progressive illness.
It’s easy for carers to get lost in all the demands made on them. And, it’s not unusual for carers to feel lonely and frustrated – particularly during the pandemic.
Our Family Support Team regularly phones carers to check in with them for a proper chat to find out how they are.
Carers can share worries, and discuss whether they need support from other departments – such as occupational therapy, or Hospice at Home. Often the team can identify potential problems early on, and help to solve them.
A fortnightly drop-in group for carers also runs over video call, giving them a chance to chat to others in a similar situation.
Members of staff from caring teams join these calls to talk about their services, and the call ends with a 10-minute seated yoga session, for those who want to take part.
Caring is such a natural, human response that loved ones often do not see themselves as the ‘carer’ – but simply a husband, wife, friend, or child. We recognise how important carers are, and we’re here to support them.
Find out more on our website: www.strichards.org.uk/our-care/supporting-the-family/caring-for-carers