We have developed two courses that aim to assist patients and their carers with dealing with the effects of life-limiting illness. Below are details of the two programmes we offer and how you can find out more:
This programme has been designed especially for carers to help them feel more prepared and confident in their role. It is delivered through a mixture of talks, group discussions and demonstrations.
The aims of the course are:
- To provide practical information and advice
- To explore the emotional impact of the patient’s illness
- To offer support
- To help carers look after themselves so they can look after others
- To allow time for sharing experiences with other carers
This programme provides a facility for working age people and those nearest to them to meet. Sessions are held in a comfortable meeting place with other people in similar circumstances and aim to encourage self-help and mutual support.
It is NOT a course of group therapy, more an opportunity to learn about and share strategies, ideas and support that many people may find helpful. Each session is attended by six to ten people and there is plenty of time for people to get to know each other. The sessions are facilitated by doctors, therapists, Weston Hospicecare’s Chaplain and a grief counsellor.
The sessions will include topics such as:
- Coping strategies
- Coping strategies for families and carers
- Talking with children
- Teaching massage to carers
- Illness within context and meaning
- Physiotherapy and exercise
- Putting your affairs in order
If you would like to find out more about these courses please speak to your Hospice Community Nurse Specialist or call the Hospice direct on .
If you get the chance to go to the Hospice – go for it! Grab it, enjoy it and grab it again the following week!