Caring About Caregivers

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All across the country, caregivers are providing love and support to people who need it most.

Being a caregiver can be rewarding, but also extremely stressful, and carers can often feel isolated and as though they have no-one to turn to for help. Luckily, some of our beneficiaries provide much-deserved support to caregivers.

Here’s a little bit about them…

Dove House

Dove House Hospice delivers the best possible care when there’s no cure, and adds life to days when days can’t be added to life. Support is given to patients and their families and carers.

They hold a carers’ support group once a month, which gives caregivers the chance to get together, talk, swap tips, moan, and enjoy a lovely lunch whilst giving them some time for themselves.

Every six weeks, Dove House Hospice also hold a service user involvement meeting. This is a chance for patients and their caregivers to openly discuss ideas on how Dove House can improve and develop.

Their respite facilities provide excellent care along with peace of mind. Carers are given crucial time to themselves, with the knowledge that their loved ones are in good hands. Patients can visit their Amy Johnson Unit (AJU) and can enjoy a break with their families at Dove House’s Timber Lodge holiday cabin at Burton Constable Park, or at the Patrington Haven caravan.

If you look after a friend, relative or neighbour with a life-limiting condition and could benefit from some additional support, Dove House are offering a free Carers Training Course. Learn more here.  

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Special Stars

Special Stars offer a variety of services with the aim of improving the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families in the Hull and East Yorkshire region.

Similar to Dove House Hospice, they hold regular support groups for parent carers to help them meet, build friendships and share important information with each other. They also work with other organisations to provide short breaks for families caring for a disabled child, who are going through a particularly difficult time either financially or emotionally.

To help them communicate with their child, parent carers can receive training in Makaton sign language and the use of PECS (picture exchange communication systems). Training is also offered in first aid, as well as advice on disability-related matters and informational talks and seminars on legal matters such as will writing, trusts, probate and power of attorney.

If you’d like to help our beneficiaries support caregivers, sign up to the weekly draw here.