Support for you, this Carers Week

Here at St Clare we know that caring for a loved one can be emotionally and physically demanding. It is essential to recognise that caregivers need our support alongside those they are caring for.
Published on: Monday 05 Jun 2023 at 15:25

Are you a daughter, wife, son or husband or even a good friend or neighbour, looking after someone with a condition or illness that can’t be cured?

You might not see yourself as a ‘carer’ because you love the person you are helping. But we want to share the support that you can get from St Clare, to continue caring for the one you love. 

We offer what is called psychosocial support which focuses on addressing the emotional, psychological, and social aspects of caregiving, providing a holistic approach to overall well-being. This support gives a safe space for caregivers to share their experiences, access resources, and receive assistance to cope with the challenges they face daily.

We understand the significance of psychosocial support and strives to offer comprehensive services to caregivers during Carers Week (5 – 11 June) and beyond.

An introduction to our comprehensive psychosocial support services

St Clare Hospice offers a range of psychosocial support services designed to meet the unique needs of caregivers. These services are delivered by our team of experienced professionals. These include counsellors, social workers, a chaplain and volunteers who specialise in providing emotional support and practical assistance. Some of the key services we provide are:

Emotional support

We provide this on a one to done basis, by email, on-line with Zoom and by text message. This support provides a safe space to talk and express feelings, anxieties and concerns about the future. We support carers to have difficult conversations with their loved ones and explore ways for carers to self-care whilst in their caring role.

Practical support 

We help by providing carers carers with information, advice and signposting on housing, finances, debt, and employment, future care planning including Lasting Power of Attorney & Wills and navigating the Social Care system

Spiritual support

We can help by supporting you to have conversations about life and its purpose and what’s meaningful. Reflecting on things that are important, looking to an existing or new spiritual belief, faith or philosophy that helps you cope with emotions. Alternatively, questioning any beliefs. Sometimes it helps people to talk with the hospice Chaplain or community or faith leader, to help reconcile any worries or questions.

Bereavement support

We offer various bereavement support services, including Living with Grief sessions, a free telephone GriefLine support service, Bereavement Café’s in lots of locations and online, and one to one bereavement support and counselling.

Drop In

We have a new drop in service at Saffron Walden Wellbeing Hub on Thursdays, where carers are more than welcome to come along and seek advice and support.

What are the benefits of psychosocial support?

Psychosocial support has lots of benefits for caregivers. It helps reduce stress, anxiety, and feelings of isolation, fostering a sense of belonging and support. By participating in counselling sessions and support groups, caregivers gain a better understanding of their own needs and learn effective strategies to manage their emotions and caregiving responsibilities. Psychosocial support empowers caregivers, enabling them to provide the best possible care for their loved ones.

As we acknowledge Carers Week, it is crucial to recognise the essential role of caregivers and the importance of providing psychosocial support.

St Clare Hospice stands as a pillar of support, offering a comprehensive range of services to enhance the mental, emotional, and social well-being of caregivers. By prioritising the caregivers’ needs, St Clare Hospice ensures that caregivers can continue their selfless work with renewed strength and resilience.

Let us appreciate and support caregivers during Carer Week and beyond, acknowledging their extraordinary dedication and commitment.

Support for you

If you would like to find out more, contact our First Contact Service on 01279 773774 where we can talk to you about your situation and advise what help you might need.

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