Support for Carers
Providing support and care for someone with life-limiting illnesses can often affect us more than we realise. It can feel isolating, impact us physically, emotionally and psychologically. At Nottinghamshire Hospice, we provide a range of support for carers that seeks to enable, empower and support you as you care for your loved ones. Our support is person centred, confidential and non-judgemental.
Our Support for Carers
The Carer Support Service is available to adult relatives and friends of people who are registered with a Nottinghamshire GP, regardless of whether that person is being cared for at Nottinghamshire Hospice.
Click on the links below for more information on each service, or give us a call on 0115 962 1222 to find out how our support can be tailored to your needs.
- One-to-one and telephone emotional support
- Spiritual support
- Carers advice and support groups
- Complementary therapy
- Wellbeing sessions
- Cafe & Care and Gardening Club
- Hospice night support
- Hospice in your home
One-to-one and telephone emotional support
Support is provided by trained volunteers who understand the role carers play in supporting friends and family and the emotional challenges this can bring. They offer a listening ear as well as practical advice and information. Our volunteers will offer no judgement nor will they tell you what to do. Our support is based on your needs and what you as an individual would like. The trained volunteers will work with you or your family as you deal with the changes that occur in supporting someone with a life-limiting illness.
Some people prefer to access support over the phone, either regularly or as a one-off. This depends on what is most helpful or most useful to you.
Counselling is provided by fully qualified counsellors and those in training. The division between emotional support and counselling is not always obvious, but if you are feeling overwhelmed or dealing with more complex or difficult issues, you will usually be offered one to one counselling. We will listen to you about what you want and your own sense of what will be most helpful to you. Counselling is offered with regular reviews until both parties agree on a satisfactory outcome. Counselling usually takes place at the Hospice.
The support team work with patients and carers to explore what is important to them. If necessary they can put people in touch with the hospice chaplains or other religious leaders, this can be arranged to suit individuals. This either happens at the hospice or in peoples own home if this is preferred. There is support for people exploring their hopes and fears irrespective of whether you are religious or not.
Carers advice and support groups
Throughout the year, we open our doors to all carers regardless of whether they have a connection to the hospice. This is so they can access free impartial advice, information and support from our Support Services Team.
Our complementary therapists are qualified in numerous traditional holistic techniques, providing an individualised programme for the carer, such as Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, Reflexology, Relaxation and Acupuncture. This is held at the Hospice Day Therapy Centre in Nottingham and aims to help keep you well while you care.
Every Friday we run a series of workshops designed to strengthen carers knowledge and skills to build resilience throughout their weeks of care. These sessions provide a time for reflection, friendship, and support as we discuss health needs, general wellbeing and ‘how to look after yourself’. Recent workshops have included art therapy, yoga, sessions on nutrition, exercise and relaxation. Places are often limited, so you sometimes have to confirm a place in advance. If you find it difficult to leave the one who you are caring for, we can arrange one of our hospice at home team members to care for them whilst you attend the session.
Cafe & Care and Gardening Club (Fridays 10-2)
‘Drop in café’ and a gardening club is free to carers, those bereaved and anyone with a life-limiting illness. This is an opportunity to pop into the hospice and talk to our staff and volunteers over a drink and a piece of cake about anything you may want to discuss, or any way that we may be able to support you.
Hospice Night Support
If you require help and support during the night (22.00pm-07.00am), we have a team of care assistants who can help with personal care, continence care, mouth care, pressure area care, as well as assistance with moving, handling, prompting and assistance with medication as well as emotional support. We work closely with your District nursing team and they will continue to offer urgent nursing care and symptom management. This care can be pre-booked or available when needed on 0115 962 1222.
Hospice in Your Home
We have a dedicated palliative nursing team, night and day for you and those who you are caring for. Our aim is to provide high-quality care and support for your relative to remain in their own home during the last months of their life. We provide symptom management, advice, emotional and physical care at a time when you may be at your most vulnerable and anxious state. Ring and speak to the Care Co-coordinators to find out more on 0115 962 1222.