End of Life Care – Marie Curie
Caring for someone with a terminal illness can be extremely challenging and distressing. It can also be very rewarding but there is a lot to learn and it is natural to feel the need for help and support. Sometimes your caring role can evolve over time and in other cases a loved one can become very ill very quickly and you can find yourself thrown into a crisis situation and having to cope with an awful lot in a short space of time.
However you do not have to be alone on your caring journey.
Marie Curie is the UK’s largest charitable funder of palliative and end of life care research. Their mission is to help families affected by terminal illness to have the most positive experience possible by providing guidance, information and support.
As well as having nine hospices across the UK (Belfast. Bradford, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hampstead, Liverpool, Newcastle and West Midlands) Marie Curie also offers various services within the community:
Marie Curie Nurse
They can assess, plan and provide for your loved ones nursing needs as well as implement / give advice on prescribed medication including injections and drugs via a syringe driver. They can work with the district nurses involved in your care and must be organised via your GP.
Marie Curie Helper
The helpers are trained volunteers who can offer practical and emotional support. It could be that they can run errands or just have a chat and sit with your loved one while you have a short break.
Marie Curie have a wealth of information on their website; day to day caring, getting support for yourself and preparing for the end of life, as well as much much more. There is a chance to read real life testimonials of people caring at the end of life and there is also an online community where you can access support. https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/support/being-there
If you prefer to have a chat over the phone then they have their own Support Line, which is open from 8am-6pm Monday-Friday and from 11am-5pm on a Saturday. This is a free service and the number is 0800 0902309.