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.
Hidden Carers can be defined as those who do not self-identify as carers. Among others, men, young people and those in employment are most likely to fit into this group of carers. For example, approximately 42 % of all carers are men and 1 in 9 carers are in employment
They are unlikely to access, or even be aware of the help and support that is available and unlikely to be recognised as carers by professionals, employers and/or the community
Longfield is delighted to be working in partnership with Carers Gloucestershire during 2019 on our Hidden Carers Project. This project will focus on reaching out to people who are supporting or caring for someone with a life limiting illness such as Cancer, Heart Failure, COPD and neurological conditions such as Parkinsons and Motor Neurone Disease. The project will provide a range of support including information and advice and practical groups and workshops.
As well as providing support and advice, we are keen to help carers to acquire new skills, knowledge and understanding. To find out more please get in touch or see our programme of services.
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.
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.
We have put together a list of other services and organisations that you might like to contact for additional information.