At Longfield we give you practical and emotional help and support - whether you see yourself as a carer or not.
Helping to look after your partner, a family member or a friend living with life-limiting illness brings many different issues, emotions and difficulties.
As a partner, son, daughter, neighbour, friend or work colleague of someone with a life-limiting illness you may also be providing unpaid care or support. We recognise anyone who provides unpaid care and support for someone as a carer, so whatever your relationship with the person who is ill, or however you choose to describe yourself we have a range of support designed to help you.
Whilst supporting someone with a life-limiting illness often involves the same things as other carers (e.g. practical tasks such as housework, help with getting to appointments and personal care such as washing and dressing) these demands become much greater when the person’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs become more complex as their condition progresses. In addition, family carers often must discuss planning for the future and ongoing care, whilst also having to deal with feelings of loss and change during a time of emotional extremes.
You don’t have to do this alone, and we can provide a range of support including practical information and advice, groups and workshops, counselling and complementary therapy; have a look at our services further down this page.
Who can I talk to?
Our expert team is here and able to answer your questions, helping you to assess your needs and provide you with the support that will enable you to continue your caring role. Please get in touch to discuss how we could support you.
If you'd prefer to talk face-to-face, come along to our Welcome to Longfield : Information and Support Service, every Thursday morning, any time between 9.30. and 12.30. You can get information and advice on what we can do to support you or your loved one. No appointment is needed.
Alongside our Thursday morning Welcome to Longfield meetings, we're offering regular Wellbeing Workshops covering a variety of topics and activities. They will be designed to complement other Longfield services, and are designed to help you to cope more effectively with the issues facing you.
Support for your family member or friend to stay at home
We provide a service to enable people to come to the end of their life whilst at home, if that is their choice - Hospice at Home
These groups provide a warm, confidential and mutually supportive environment.
Supporting Longfield in memory of a loved one is a valuable and positive way to celebrate their life.
Take a look at our services and Workshops for patients, family, carers and the recently bereaved.
If you are unsure about the care we provide, you may feel anxious about your first visit to Longfield
We have put together a list of other services and organisations that you might like to contact for additional information.