Social Work TeamOur Social Workers in the department who provide a full Social Work Service. Employed by East Cheshire Hospice, are independent and operate separately to any other Social Services Department.
Nicole Davies and Sian Harrison
Our aim is to meet everyone who attends the Hospice either via the Day Care Unit or In-patients facility. We offer emotional/psychological and practical support to families and carers. In addition we can provide specific information, advice and guidance.
How can we help?
Providing someone to talk to
By talking things through, we can hope to help the individual to recognise their own strengths and their own ability to manage their circumstances.
Much of our work is around supporting people in dealing with the challenge and worries that illness can bring for everybody. We can assist in exploring painful issues whilst considering options and exercising choices in decision-making.
Building Confidence/Reducing Anxiety
Specific programmes of work can be undertaken exploring these difficulties. We may be able to assist by encouraging the individual to break down each problem into something that is manageable.
Helping individuals to communicate difficulties
When emotions are running high, it can be difficult to talk about important issues. We can act as facilitators in an attempt to assist individuals to understand and respect those with whom they have a close relationship.
Children and young people
When a family member becomes seriously ill, changes take place and children/young people are particularly sensitive to these. The natural tendency is for families to protect them from the truth. This can leave children feeling excluded and uninformed.
We can offer consultations with suggestions, advice and support for parents about their discussion with their children. On occasions we can also offer specific input with children with respect to their age and degree of understanding, by one to one counselling or workshops which are offered throughout the year.
Packages of Care in the Community
Many individuals elect to remain in their own home for as long as possible. Packages of care within the community may be accessed via our department as appropriate.
We may also be able to assist access to relevant advice regarding benefit entitlement and grant availability. Advice can be offered regarding obtaining help with personal care at home and assistance with housing issues.
Loss and Bereavement Team
We offer support to family members and carers, via our Loss and Bereavement Team (all of whom are qualified counsellors) or Trained Bereavement Support visitors. Individuals can be offered support at home or within the Hospice. A Drop-In Group is offered on the first Monday of each month and Therapeutic Groups are held four times per year.