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Celebrating Carers’ Week at St Richard’s

13th June 2017

Celebrations are underway at St Richard’s Hospice to champion the work of carers who provide vital support to patients living with life-limiting illnesses.

To mark national Carers’ Week – which runs from Monday 12 June to Sunday 18 June – the hospice is holding a Carers’ Tea Party for those who give support and practical care to loved ones.

Carers’ Week is an annual campaign which highlights the challenges faced by the millions of carers around the UK, while raising awareness of the support they provide to relatives, friends and even neighbours.

Nationwide, there are 6.5 million people giving unpaid care to loved ones or friends who are ill, disabled or frail. Care can include anything from helping someone get dressed, to administering medication and managing money.

Matt Jackson, Family Support Practitioner, said: “Caring for a loved one with a life-limiting illness can be physically and emotionally challenging.

“As a carer it is easy to get lost in all the demands that are made of you. It is not unusual for carers to feel lonely, frustrated and even angry that this is happening to them.

“At St Richard’s we recognise the amazing support carers provide for their loved ones but also the difficult challenges they face.”

There are a host of resources available at St Richard’s to help support those caring for people living with life-limiting illnesses.

Carers can access expert advice from social workers, counsellors, clinical nurse specialists, Citizens Advice and other professionals.

In addition, carers can also come along to the Carers’ Café Group, which is held at the hospice in Wildwood Drive, Worcester.

Mr Jackson said: “Our Carers’ Café Group, which meets monthly enables carers to share thoughts and feelings with others in a similar situation.

“The group also provides the opportunity to discuss practical difficulties carers face and to share knowledge of how to cope with these challenges.”

The Carers’ Tea Party will take place on Wednesday 14 June at St Richard’s in Wildwood Drive, Worcester.

The Carers’ Café Group will hold its next meeting at the Carers’ Tea Party.

For more information about the Carers’ Café Group call Jane Welch or Alison Cooper on 01905 763963.

For more information about Carers’ Week visit www.carersweek.org

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.

The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: It is with great sadness that due to stringent infection control measures, we are required to restrict visiting and cannot offer the comprehensive level of service in the way we usually do. However, we will still do our utmost to make sure that each patient and loved one is given the compassion and dignity they deserve. To help families stay in touch we are encouraging virtual visiting using technology such as video calls and apps. This will be discussed and explained to patients and families on admission and we can help provide access to equipment in the hospice. In addition, the IPU nursing team will liaise with each patient and family to arrange short daily visits from the patient's closest loved one and compassionate visiting, as appropriate. Read the full details here.
  • Community Nursing: Community services continue to operate, with a mixture of hands-on care and remote support.
  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
  • Shops: All 19 of our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed. Please do not leave donations outside our shops, as we are unable to collect them at this time.
  • Fundraising: All hospice organised events until the end of August have been postponed. If you wish to support us, please donate to our Resilience Fund.

Please do not visit St Richard’s Hospice if you have a high temperature or new, continuous cough. If you have these symptoms, please stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. See NHS advice on coronavirus.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.