Family and carers

We know it's hard

Caring for a loved one can be very rewarding but it can also be a very demanding, lonely and tiring role. At St David’s Hospice we understand the emotional demands and responsibilities that you, as family members and carers, face.

We believe that support to family and friends is as important as the care we offer to our patients. You will be involved in the patient’s care plan, every step of the way. Our aim is that both the patient and their family members are cared for and informed every step of the way.

We're here to help

As a carer, there are a number of services available to you, free of charge.

Respite

Short respite stays are available for patients, allowing you, as family members and carers, a break. These stays need to be booked in advance.

Complementary Therapy

Therapies include massage and aromatherapy and are provided by qualified therapists. They have been shown to improve anxiety levels, reduce stress and thus aiding relaxation for both the patients and carers.

Chaplaincy

The multi-faith chapel and the quiet room is available to you for times of reflection.

Bereavement Service

We offer support to anyone whose relative or friend was cared for by St David’s Hospice before they died. Approximately six weeks afterwards, the bereaved will receive a call from the Hospice to see how they are coping and to offer counselling services if the need is there.

Many members of the team at St David’s have counselling qualifications and these can be accessed at any time during the patients stay at the Hospice or afterwards. We also work closely with a number of outside agencies such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, where family members and carers can gain information about benefits and many other matters.

Advice for you

The responsibilities and demands of being a carer can often mean that you overlook your own health and wellbeing. You will be dealing with hard work, added stress and confusing information and changes.

You need good sources of help, support and information as you will often, and understandably, be focused with the health and wellbeing of the person you care for. Ensure that you are looking after your general health. St David’s Hospice allows family and friends to spend quality time with their loved ones, while they reside as a patient here. You are part of a care team and your health is important to us and to your loved one.

Please take advantage of the therapies and counselling services on offer at St David’s.
There are many national and local organisations that offer different kinds of help and advice to carers. Please ask a member of St David’s clinical staff for more information about these.

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