Help and support for carers

At Cornwall Hospice Care we understand that a loved one being diagnosed with a terminal illness is overwhelming and life changing. There are so many questions to ask and practical issues to deal with.

We recognise that being a full time carer to a loved one with terminal illness has many emotional and physical challenges and want to be here to help.

As part of Carers Week 2019 we will be focusing on members of our Therapy Team and the ways they are involved helping carers to look after their loved one, along with offering support to the carers themselves.  We have Community Services across the county, bringing these services closer to your home.

Meet Lesley, one of our Complementary Therapists whose work helps and supports carers as well as patients as part of the multi-disciplined approach we offer at Cornwall Hospice Care.  In our short film, Lesley talks about what she does, how this can help carers and patients alike and how you can access our services at our hospices and closer to home.

Meet Laura, one of the palliative care physiotherapists at Cornwall Hospice Care. She’s part of our multi disciplinary team at Cornwall Hospice Care who support patients and their carers dealing with a terminal illness. Laura explains the carer’s viewpoint and how we can help.

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Caring can be a hugely rewarding experience but carers often find it challenging to take care of their own wellbeing whilst caring. Its impact on all aspects of life from relationships and health to finances and work should not be underestimated. Caring without the right information and support can be tough.

For Carers Week 2019, the theme is coming together to help carers get connected. There are 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers. They will be looking after a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness, or who needs extra help as they grow older.

Everyone has a part to play in connecting carers and helping them to get the support they need to care without putting off their own health needs or losing important relationships with others.  Cornwall Hospice Care’s Community Services clinics and drop-in sessions are just one way for us to meet, support and sign-post carers of those living with terminal illnesses.

You can find out lots more information and support on the Carer’s Week website about getting:

Connected to advice and information

Connected to services

Connected to friends and family

Connected to others, including carers

Connected to technology

You can also take a look back at Carers Week 2018, when we approached 3 brave carers and their loved ones who we support, to ask if they’d share their stories with us and give their insights into how they cope.

``You’ve got to stay positive, you’ve got to take the best out of each day and you’ve still got to have a laugh and a joke and put the serious things to one side now and then. It’s that that helps you survive through this journey.``

What help is there for carers? Find trusted sources of information and support here.