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St Catherine’s Hospice to host free session for carers

Next week, during national Dying Matters Week, St Catherine’s Hospice, alongside Carers Support West Sussex, is hosting a free question and answer session for local carers.

Taking place on Tuesday 14 May between 2.30pm and 4pm, the session, in the cinema room at Skylark House Care Home, will give carers in the local community a chance to hear from St Catherine’s nurses, expertly trained in end of life care.

St Catherine’s understands that when someone you love is ill it affects every aspect of your life. And they know how difficult it can be becoming a carer for a loved one. It’s not uncommon to have questions or to be unsure of who can help you, so hospice nurses will be on hand to offer people practical advice and answer their questions.

They will also be answering important questions like;

• What is Advance care planning all about?
• What are the changes you might expect to see as someone approaches death?
• What is a Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation?

To help people feel more prepared when caring for someone coming towards the end of their life.  Staff from Carers Support West Sussex will talk about their services and the support available to carers too.

Esther Walker, Carers Support Lead at St Catherine’s said, “We’re committed to providing people in our community with the best possible care. That means not only supporting our patients but their carers, family and friends too. We know that many carers find looking after someone they love rewarding but providing care is hard work. It can leave some carers in need of support or with unanswered questions of their own. 

As a carer you have a vital role in providing the person you’re looking after with the care they need. Our nurses hope that this free question and answer session will help you to feel more confident when you’re doing this. And give you a valuable chance to learn more about what to  expect as someone you love becomes closer to dying. We hope lots of you will take the chance to attend this event and hear from our hospice nurses.”

To book your place, please call Carers Support West Sussex on: 0300 028 8888.

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