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"When my husband Richard was first referred to the Hospice, as his carer I had no idea the support offered by St Clare extended to me too."
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“As a carer when you’re at home looking after someone you can feel quite isolated, so to be given the chance to come to a place where there are other people who are all doing exactly the same is a wonderful thing.”

“After Richard had been along to Day Therapy a few times, the Carers Group was mentioned to me and I was also surprised, but pleased to learn, there was also the chance for me to go along to the neurology group too.”

“Everyone in the group is facing a similar situation and dealing with similar symptoms, and there is a great feeling of support. What I’ve found particularly useful is people have different strategies to cope, and it’s been good to share those experiences and learn from what has been helpful to others.”

“I have also been given so much advice. Not just advice that is useful for our situation now, but that will be helpful in the future. I am more aware of the help and support Richard can receive, and what I can receive in caring for him. It’s information that would have taken me a lot longer to find out had I been at home looking for it on my own without St Clare pointing me in the right direction.”

“To watch the difference in Richard since he has been coming to the Hospice has been remarkable. When he was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease he became very down, as you would expect, and you wonder why this is happening to you. You think you are the only one going through it, but what St Clare has done is lift his sense of isolation. At home, he is far more positive now than he was before and there is more laughter in the house again.”

“The children have also noticed the difference. From my perspective, I feel I don’t need to share with them as much, or burden them with things because of the extra support that the group is able to provide. Richard remains the centre of our family life, but his illness doesn’t dominate anymore. And if I do have fears or worries, I know I can contact the Hospice and will be given support and advice on how to cope with anything that might arise.”

“Coming to Day Therapy has broadened both our horizons. It’s given me the confidence that, whatever happens, we can face it.”

– Linda

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