Palliative Caring Appeal Donate Fundraise Palliative Caring Appeal Approximately 4,200 people in Worcestershire require palliative care each year. Some of those services are delivered by the amazing hospice teams in the county but research has shown that only a small percentage were in a hospice. That leaves a majority of people on a palliative care pathway being supported by a friend or loved one either in hospital or in a community setting. Becoming a carer for the first time can be overwhelming particularly when caring for someone who is nearing end of life. There are unique issues facing carers in this situation including difficulties coping as the persons physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs become more complex and/or demanding. Having to coordinate care and professionals on a 24/7 basis, having difficult conversations about resuscitation, artificial feeding and stopping treatment, organ donation and funeral wishes, dealing with feelings of loss, grief and bereavement. From within our existing resource we provide some palliative caring services but we want to extend this offer to develop a countywide service across Worcestershire to compliment the hospice offer. The extended services would see: The expansion of the existing specialist advisor role providing dedicated one to one support to include post bereavement support available to carers’ in a choice of community settings which include carer’s home. Further development of the practical sessions to include a new programme called Caring and the Practicalities which includes sessions on an introduction to support services, addressing the nutritional needs of the loved one and the carer, managing medication and understanding opiates, advanced care planning, resuscitation, lasting power of attorney, wills, benefits and funeral planning Development of peer support and befriending services Development of a volunteer led service offering practical help in the home in the final weeks/days i.e. shopping, collecting emergency prescriptions, etc. Development of online self-help resources and promotion of digital options such as apps. This project will cost £150,000 to run annually. We are applying for funding for individual elements of the project but need more community support in funding this crucial service. If you would like to make a one off donation to the appeal please do so above: DONATE If you would like to set up a regular payment to donate to the appeal please click on DONATE and scroll down to 'regular giving' - please don't forget to tick Gift Aid is this is applicable to you. If you would like to set up your own fundraiser/ event please go to the Fundraise button above or click HERE If you are an organisation that feels you would like to get involved with raising funds for this appeal please email [email protected] and quote “palliative caring appeal” If you would like to find out more about leaving a gift in your will or legacy donation please visit our LEGACIES page. Alternatively if you have recently lost someone and would like to set up a page in their memory please visit our In memory pages Project outcomes Minimise impact of caring role on the carers physical and emotional wellbeing Carers understand how to access end of life carer support and palliative care services Carer recognition as an expert partner in the care of the patient Facilitate difficult conversations around preferred place of death Increase understanding of resuscitation protocols and advanced decision to refuse treatment and advanced care planning Rebuild a life after caring To find out more about the proposed services please contact Jay Sanchania on [email protected] or for more information on Fundraising and supporting the appeal please contact [email protected] This is what your donation could potentially fund: Regular giving £5 per month Giving just £5 a month provides up to date information booklets, guides and leaflets to support carers who are looking a loved one with a life-limiting illness £10 per month Giving £10 a month helps carers get practical and emotional telephone support thus reducing isolation and loneliness at such a difficult time £20 per month Giving £20 a month means carers can receive face to face visits to get essential practical and emotional on-going support One off donations £25 £25 could pay for respite care and transport costs for two hours so that a loved one can be looked after whilst a carer takes a break from their caring role to attend carer information sessions £35 £35 could pay for us to run a dedicated carer information programme which supports carers looking after a loved one with a life-limiting illness, receive peer to peer support from other carers whilst learning how to cope at such a stressful time £50 £50 could pay for a carer group to run which provides peer to peer and hands on support, and provide events for carers to access health and wellbeing sessions and emotional bereavement support Whatever you can give, your kind donation means unpaid carers looking after a loved one with a life-limiting illness can get expert information, advice and support.