Support for carers
Caring for someone, whether they’re a family member, partner or friend, is very rewarding but at times it can be stressful and feel isolating.
If you’re caring for a loved one, our carer support services are there to help you cope with the challenges of looking after someone and make it a less lonely experience.
We can help you in a number of ways by:
- Providing information about the support available to you at the hospice and from other local and national organisations
- Offering advice on how to make time for yourself, plan for events and know what to do in an emergency
- Recognising when a carer’s assessment would be appropriate and helpful
We also organise support groups and regular coffee mornings where you can meet and talk to other carers, and share your experiences.
If you provide care and support to an adult on a regular basis, you may be eligible for financial or practical support from a number of service providers. You may also be entitled to an assessment about the impact that caring is having on your health and wellbeing.
If we think it would help you, we’ll suggest that you carry out a ‘carer’s assessment’ – a discussion either face-to-face or over the telephone between you and a trained member of staff from the council.
From April 2015 local authorities have a legal duty to assess any carer who requests a carer’s assessment or appears to need support. You can find out more about the recent changes to the Care Act here.
Carer support groups
We organise a number of support groups, which you are welcome to come along to and talk to other carers, offer each other advice, information and support.
Carer coffee and chat morning
You may also like to come to our regular carer coffee mornings, where you can meet and chat to other carers and staff over a cup of coffee in a relaxed setting.
We actively encourage carers to use our support networks and services, which we know many people find invaluable. Why not come along to the hospice and see how we could support you or to see how we care for your loved ones when they visit us?
If we can’t answer your questions or we’re not the right people to help (with welfare and benefit advice for example) we’ll put you in touch with people who can.
Here are some useful resources for further advice, information and support:
- Nottinghamshire County Council – Helpline 0300 500 80 80
- Carers UK – Helpline 0808 808 7777
- Carers Federation – Helpline 0115 962 9310
- Carers Direct – Helpline 0808 802 0202
If you’re caring for a loved one and would like to speak to us about accessing support, please call us on 0115 910 1008.
How we help…
“Just knowing someone understands how hard it is, helps me to cope.”
“It’s knowing that I am not alone that makes all the difference. Meeting other carers and speaking to hospice staff is a lifeline for me.”