Information for carers
As a carer, you may still be coming to terms with the illness and the effects it is having on family and friends. Whilst many carers feel the bond with the person they are caring for is strengthened, they may also experience stress and anxiety, physical health problems, social isolation and money worries. Our community team can identify any support you may wish to access, so please talk to your Clinical Nurse Specialist about any worries or queries you may have.
Don't neglect yourself
Whilst caring for others, we can sometimes neglect our own needs. It is important that you take care of yourself as this can be very positive both physically and emotionally for yourself and the person you are taking care of. Isabel Hospice has a team of qualified volunteer complementary therapists offering a variety of treatments to support well-being for both patients and their carers. Please contact your Isabel Nurse Specialist if you would like to learn more about this service.
Illness can bring change to everyday life and relationships and most carers require advice and support at some point. Our Isabel community team aim to work in partnership with you to ensure that the best care can continue to be given.
Who can you talk to?
Alternatively, if you need help with your caring role and want to talk to someone about what options are available to you, you can call the NHS Choices Carers Direct helpline on 0300 123 1053 or you can access the following websites and information leaflets.
Carers in Herts also provide a wide range of courses ranging from Stopping the Pressue to a Yoga Taster. These are open to the public to support local carers. Take a look at the upcoming course on their website.
We hold an Annual Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving in the Autumn for those who are bereaved, this takes place in a different part of our catchment area each year. This Service gives an opportunity to remember the life of your family member or friend who has died and honour their memory. Everyone is welcome including children and young people who may also like to take part in the separate remembrance activity which runs during the service and is geared towards them. We believe that it is important that children feel included in this special time of remembrance and can find the service helpful.