Building confidence in caring
Posted on 15 February 2017
Pilgrims Hospices recognise that carers play an essential role for patients and believe they should be supported, too. Pilgrims carers programme is designed to support people with the practical and emotional issues they may face as a carer.
Sue Kitt from Seasalter cares for her husband John who is receiving outpatient support from Pilgrims. She explains how Pilgrims carers programme has enabled her to find the help she needs.
The group sessions have given me an opportunity to relax and share my feelings with other carers.
We didn’t know anything about Pilgrims Hospices before the oncology department at the hospital put us in touch. I was absolutely amazed to hear about the many different aspects of care and support available from Pilgrims Therapy Centres.
John had been through a number of operations. When he was referred to Pilgrims Wellbeing and Social Programme by his GP – accessing the creative therapy group sessions – he found it very helpful.
Being a full time carer can be challenging and I have felt isolated on some occasions. When I was invited to join the carers programme by the Pilgrims team, it was wonderful.
Group sessions have given me an opportunity to relax and share my feelings with other carers and the Pilgrims team. The expert advice they gave me was always welcome. The course has really helped to build my confidence in caring for John.
The support team were brilliant because they encouraged me to make a little time to care for myself, as well as caring for John.
Both John and myself have found the Wellbeing and Social Programme so inspiring. The Pilgrims Therapy Centre is genuinely a very happy place to be.
Find out more
Visit www.pilgrimshospices.org/wellbeing to find out more about the support offered to carers through Pilgrims Wellbeing and Social Programme.