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Carers, Family & Friends

At Garden House Hospice Care we recognise the importance of the circle of support of our patients, including the care that family and friends provide. 

Being diagnosed with a life-limiting illness is challenging, not only for the patient but for those around them and if you are not feeling able to cope then this affects the patient.  

We acknowledge the rights and needs of these carers and aim to provide personalised and compassionate support to promote their wellbeing, alongside that of the patient. 

There is information on other pages that outline the wide range of services that Garden House Hospice Care offers but what is available specifically for carers?

  • Family Support Service - providing psychological, emotional and spiritual support for patients throughout their illness and for families and carers facing or coming to terms with a bereavement.
  • The opportunity to have a carers assessment, to identify what your needs are and what will help you to manage. Please talk to any member of staff to find out more.
  • “Preparing for the End of Life” course; run bi-annually by the Hawthorne Centre and Carers in Hertfordshire team
  • Carers in Hertfordshire - We would strongly advise that you register with Carers in Hertfordshire. They offer many types of support to Carers, including the opportunity to sign up for a Carers Passport, which gives you discounts off many local businesses. 
  • Compassionate Neighbours - As well as helping patients who are suffering from a life-limiting condition and or social isolated, Compassionate Neighbours allow carers to have a break from their loved one whilst a volunteer spends some quality time with the patient. (Please note, this is not a respite or sitting service, this is a befriending scheme)
If you are a carer, family member or friend of a Hospice patient and have any questions about what support is available to you, please contact our Hawthorne Centre team on 01462 679540.