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End of life carer support service launched in Worcestershire

Families and unpaid carers of a loved one who has been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness or is approaching the end of their life will now be able to benefit from a new support service in Worcestershire.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust Palliative care team are working together with Worcestershire Association of Carers to launch the End of Life Carer Support Service, as part of the Worcestershire integrated carers hub funded by Worcestershire County Council.

EoL Carer Support service team

Experienced end of life carer advisors will offer support to adult carers whose family member, friend or neighbour have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness or approaching the end of their life.

The advisors will be supporting carers with difficult conversations around advanced care planning and navigating health and social care services, in addition to the other challenges often faced.

Advisors will be able to assist carers to identify appropriate support to help them in their caring role, explore practical needs and wishes, and assist with signposting to other support services.

Avril Adams, Lead palliative and End of life care nurse, said: “We are delighted to be working together with Worcestershire Association of Carers to offer this essential service to the people closest to our patients.”

Jay Sanchania End of Life Carer Lead at the Carers hub, said “Our advisors can offer emotional support at this critical time, both before and after bereavement. We are working closely with the Palliative care teams within the hospital setting and are extremely proud to launch this service.”

“There are more than 63,000 carers in Worcestershire. Their dedication and compassion has a huge but often unrecognised value in reducing pressure on local health and care services. It’s fantastic that we can offer  family carers the support they need at such a difficult time.”