New carers support group up and running

Alice House Hospice are starting a new service, the Carers Support Group, which will run on Wednesday evenings from 4pm – 7pm and is open to anyone who is a Carer.  The first group will meet on Wednesday 27th June.

The Carers Support Group is a 6 week programme designed specifically to support carers; carers and patients will attend Alice House one evening per week from 4pm to 7pm, a light tea will be provided and care will be provided in our Health and Wellbeing Centre whilst the carer attends the course.

The programme will be tailored to provide practical training, psychological and emotional support and the opportunity to develop peer support.  A different theme will be covered each week of the six week programme.

Week One – General Introduction

Discussions will take place around the caring role, barriers to effective caring, what would make caring easier and there will also be some team building exercises.

Week Two – Introduction to Support Services

Other support groups such as Alice House Hospice’s Specialist Nurses will join the group and will provide Carers with financial advice, disease specific advice, discuss anticipatory grief and what happens after death.

Week Three and Five – Clinical Manual Handling

Correct clinical moving and handling of patients is of huge importance and this subject will span two weeks.  Carers need to be able to understand the causes of manual handling injuries and be able to protect both themselves and their patients from harm.  You will learn safe techniques and use of available aids.  Further one to one training for bathing can also be provided at a later date if required.

Week Four – Medication Management

Managing medicines for someone you look after can be a challenge, particularly if they are taking several different types.  The programme will include the “rights” of medication – right dose, right time, right response, medicine safety, medication organisation and the need for pain management.

Week Six – Mindfulness and Complementary Therapies

Mindfulness in an adaptation of Buddhist meditation.  Several studies have confirmed the value of practicing mindfulness by Carers.

If you are a Carer and would like to take part in this programme please contact Jackie Stoddart on 01429 855555 or email her at jstoddart@alicehousehospice.co.uk for further information.

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