As a partner, a son, a daughter, a neighbour, friend or work colleague of someone with a life limiting illness you may also be providing unpaid care or support for them. We describe anyone who provides unpaid care and support for someone as a carer. Whatever your relationship with the person who is ill, or however you choose to describe yourself we have a range of support 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 more difficult when the person’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs become more complex and/or demanding as their condition deteriorates. In addition, family carers often have to think about and discuss ongoing care and planning for the future, whilst also having to deal with feelings of loss and change.
We can provide a range of support including practical information and advice, groups and workshops, counselling and complementary therapy. Please see Programme of Services
Our expert team will be able to answer your questions, help you to assess your needs and provide you with support to enable you to continue your caring role. Please get in touch to discuss how we could support you.
If you'd prefer to meet us in person, come 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 how we might be able to support you or your loved one. No appointment is needed.
Alongside our Welcome to Longfield meetings every Thursday morning, we're offering regular Wellbeing Workshops covering a variety of topics and activities. They will be designed to complement other Longfield services, helping you to cope more effectively with the issues facing you.
For people at the end of life we provide a service to enable people to die at home, if that is their choice - Hospice at Home
It's important to know what choices you may want to make in the future, to help you have more control of your life. We can help you with your plans for the future through our services. We also provide bereavement services, to prepare people before the death and to support them afterwards.
Our commitment to providing you with the best care – please take a look at the information regarding our commitment to quality and standards .
Watch this short video for more information regarding how we support carers and family members:
Not sure if we could help you or your family? Come along and speak to a member of staff to get personalised information and advice.
If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer or another life-limiting illness, you might prefer to stay at home for as long as possible or to die at home.
Whether you have just been diagnosed, you’re coming because you need support as you manage your illness, or you’re a family carer who needs support, rest assured, you have come to the right place.Read more
To help you gain a better understanding about our services, we asked our patients and their carers to give us their views of the support they have received from the Hospice.Read more
We have put together a list of other services and organisations that you might like to contact for additional information.