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Caring for Carers

Carers’ Groups

When someone becomes ill, with a life-limiting illness, you will find yourself providing support and practical care. You may be the husband, the wife, the daughter or friend and you probably will not call yourself a carer but will become the most important person to the patient and to their care.

It is easy to get lost in all the demands that are made on you. We recognise that you, as the carer, are very important. Without you who would there be to look after the person you love and that will often be for 24/7?

It is not unusual for carers to feel lonely, frustrated and even angry that this has happened to them. Sharing these thoughts and feelings with others in a similar situation can be very helpful.

Changes in your circumstances may cause all sorts of practical issues that you have not faced before. Other carers who have been there can be a valuable resource. St Richard’s can provide expert advice. We have a CAB advisor, social workers, counsellors, clinical nurse specialists and other professionals who can help and who are invited to the Carers Group.

The Carers Cafe group meeting once a month either am or pm.

If you would like further information or would like to be invited to the Group please contact the Family Support Team on 01905 763963.

 

 

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.