We don’t often recognise ourselves as a carer, but if you are a relative, family member or friend looking after someone with a life-limiting illness, then you are a carer. We support carers throughout the journey of the illness and in bereavement.
In the UK around half a million people provide unpaid care for those with life-limiting illnesses.
Many find caring a rewarding role but it can also be hard work and stressful. It can affect your job, finances, social life and personal well-being. Extending support to carers is a key part of our philosophy of care.
Many carers have to cope with an illness that is complex and unpredictable. Often there’s a lot of information to take in and there may be unexpected life changes to deal with. We believe it’s important that you receive the information, help and advice you need.
If you are a carer, you could receive support by attending our Carers Group, held in the Rowans Living Well Centre. This group provides:
- A chance to meet other carers and share experiences
- Access to practical information
- Emotional support through a facilitated group
- Topical talks
- Spiritual care (whether you have a religious faith or not)
- Assessment of your needs
- A chance to ask medical questions
- Self-help techniques for relaxation
- An opportunity to enjoy a complementary therapy such as massage, reflexology or hypnotherapy
- Opportunity to access help from Rowans Team of professionals such as Social Work Team or our Psychology Team.
Our Carers Group provides a time when the focus is on you. It is a time for you to relax and have a little respite from the pressures of coping with the effects of supporting someone with a life limiting illness.
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