Other carers are a great source of information, support and advice and we have regular group meetings for carers going through similar experiences.
Carers Support Group
The Carers Support Group offers a safe and supportive place to meet and talk to others who are going through similar experiences. We meet every other week at Winsley and have a sandwich lunch together.
A 5-week course run by Dorothy House Nurse Specialists and designed to help you feel more prepared and confident in your role. The course aims to provide practical information and advice, explores the emotional impact of the illness, offer support and help you look after yourself so that you can look after others. There are two courses and they run four times a year at the Outreach Centres in Peasedown St.John and Trowbridge.
The Dorothy House Chaplains are happy to talk to any patients and carers at Dorothy House.
24hr Advice Line
Patients and carers can ring the 24hr Advice Line for patient care and advice on 0345 0130 555
Volunteer Companions visit patients at home, once a week, usually for 2-3 hours, and help them with little things that make a big difference. This could involve going for walks, taking them to do shopping, light household tasks, support with gardening or simply having a chat. Companions can also visit so that carers can have a break.
Hospice at Home can provide overnight care to patients approaching the end of their lives.