The families of patients with life-limiting illness also need support, and The Prince of Wales Hospice is here to do just that. We offer a confidential ear and practical support to help patients and their families throughout our care for their loved one and beyond. Spiritual support is available and we have a quiet area available for reflection.
Patients and their families may also benefit from the support of our social worker. As well as providing emotional support, our social worker can help address communication difficulties within a family, help families face difficult decisions, help with planning for the future and advise on nursing home care and possible financial assistance.
Carers have a vital role to play in helping their loved one live and be cared for in the place they choose. But caring can bring with it enormous emotional and physical pressures. The Hospice is there to ease some of that pressure by making sure carers' own physical, social and psychological needs are being met.
One day a week in Day Therapy is dedicated exclusively to carers. Carers come together to talk about their needs, concerns and difficulties, with others in a similar situation. Help and advice is available, such as information about financial benefits available to carers or help acquiring equipment which may be useful in looking after a loved one at home.
Carers can also book complementary therapy treatments which address their own difficulties, such as anxiety.
Our bereavement support service can help families come to terms with the loss of a loved one. We provide a confidential opportunity to talk with someone other than family and friends, can suggest coping mechanisms and provide the chance to talk to others in a similar situation. Support is provided through telephone calls, coffee mornings and counselling, if needed. We can also assist families who are helping children cope with a loved one’s serious illness or a bereavement.