New hospice services for carers

NEW services for carers are being launched this week by St Elizabeth Hospice.

NEW services for carers are being launched this week by St Elizabeth Hospice.

The services, launched to coincide with National Carers Week, are set support those who give up their time to care for unwell loved ones.

A carers support group called Evolve is being set up by the Foxhall Road based charity, which will involve a six week series of drop-in sessions for carers to meet others in a similar situation and find out more about issues, such as nutrition needs for patients.

In addition the hospice dining room is todaybeing transformed into a restaurant for the evening. Patients and their carers will be able to enjoy an evening out together with staff on hand as needed. This event is a pilot and it is hoped there will be regular social activities of this kind such as cinema evenings.

Sitting and befriending services are also being set up, which would allow the carer time away from home to attend the hospice for themselves to get support, while knowing the patient is being cared for at home.

More volunteers are needed for the sitting and befriending services, and full training will be given.

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For further information on this and other volunteering opportunities, contact Elena Obiang Ondo on 01473 707016.

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