Carers' Rights Day 2017
Published to Other News on Nov 23, 2017
Friday 24th November is Carers’ Rights Day in the UK and is a chance to help carers in their local community know their rights and find out how to get the help and support they are entitled to. Carers come in many guises and can be wives, husbands, partners, daughters, sons, parents, grandparents, friends or neighbours. At some point in life any one of us can find ourselves in this role.
Bolton Hospice understand the difficulties faced by carers and families of our patients and can offer a range of support including advice and support on caring for someone:
24 Hour Advice Line
Bolton Hospice also offers a 24 hour advice line open for use by carers of our patients on palliative care and end of life care issues – this is a pivotal support tool to carers who may be anxious and worried about a loved one who is living at home with a life-limiting illness.
There are two palliative care social workers based at Bolton Hospice who are employed by Bolton Council. They form an integral part of the hospice team, carrying out key roles in supporting carers as well as our patients and are there to discuss any concerns that the patients or carers may have, helping them to make informed decisions and choices about their care and the support they may need. They are very experienced in providing professional support to our patients and carers across all our services.
Our Bereavement Support Co-ordinator and volunteers offer support to suit each individual. This might be spending some time together with a member of staff or a trained volunteer, on the telephone or at the hospice. We also offer informal support sessions at the hospice, where small groups meet to share their experiences and support one another. These sessions can involve taking part in discussions, memory work, art work and other activities group members may wish to be involved with. We can help patients, families and friends talk about issues raised by death and dying and we may also help in planning a funeral.
Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service
If you are looking after a loved one with cancer, the Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service is here for you even if your loved one is not a patient at Bolton Hospice. You may feel like you're just doing your bit, but the help you provide is so important. We understand how this can sometimes affect you physically, emotionally and financially. You're likely to need support too and we are here to help. We have a range of free, expert and easy to understand resources to support you. The booklets have been written with the help of carers like you. They address the physical, emotional, financial and practical challenges of supporting a loved one who has cancer
We offer a warm friendly, safe environment for people affected by cancer, carers, relative and friends, to discuss any concerns they may have. We also have a Macmillan Benefits Adviser who can assist people affected by cancer including carers with checking they are receiving the correct income, help with applying for health related benefits, accessing charitable grants and applying for tax benefits.
The Information & Support centres are based at:
Royal Bolton Hospital- Minerva Road, Farnworth, Bolton, BL4 0JR.
Drop in service is available Monday-Friday 9.30 am-4:30pm
Bolton One- Moor Lane, Bolton, BL3 5BN.
Drop in service is available Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm
Giles House- 43 Chorley New Road, Bolton, BL1 4QR.
Drop in service is available Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-4pm
Opening times may vary so we always advise people to call us before making a special journey. The drop in service is also supplemented by a telephone helpline open Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm. Tel: 01204 663059.