Most people who come to us with a life-limiting illness want to stay in the comfort, and familiar surroundings, of their own home. As their disease or illness progresses this may result in you taking on the role of a carer.
While many will do this without hesitation, being a carer can be emotionally and physically hard work. It’s likely that you’ll also have family responsibilities at home or a paid job you need to stay on top of, so looking after yourself is incredibly important, as well as asking for, and accepting, help and support.
Harbour Hospice is here for you every step of the way
Alongside our team of specialist palliative care professionals, we’ve developed this comprehensive carers resource to provide you with practical tips and tools to help support you and your loved one throughout this difficult time.
We’ll also work with your GP and other health professionals to give you information and advice on symptom management and emotional wellbeing along with helping you make decisions about their care.
We hope you’ll find the below useful, however remember that your Hospice care team is always on hand if you need extra support and guidance.
Help for you as a carer
The role of caring for someone you love who is unwell is often misunderstood. It’s not until you fall into that position that you fully understand.
Conversations with kids
Here you'll find useful tools and guidance to help you navigate the challenges that come with speaking to children about losing a loved one.
Food & nutrition
It’s natural for someone to eat and drink less as they become more unwell, but there are some things you can do to make mealtimes more appealing.
Providing personal care
Caring for someone who is confined to bed, or can no longer manage on their own, may involve helping them with washing and other personal needs.
Community support & resources
This section provides you with a list of helpful websites and contacts so you can start to put together your network of community care.
Special thanks to the Ralph and Eve Seelye Charitable Trust for their support in the creation of this valuable resource.
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