Carers Week: Weldmar social workers deliver surprise gifts to the carers they support
It’s time to recognise the amazing contribution made by the unpaid carers of our patients
Today marks the start of Carers Week, and carers of Weldmar patients have been receiving some surprise treats!
Weldmar Hospicecare provides palliative care and support for patients in the last twelve months of their life, and very often during this time, the loved ones of these patients will take on a role as carer. Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign that aims to highlight the challenges that unpaid carers can face, and recognise the contribution they make.
Jo Jury is Weldmar’s Specialist Palliative Care Social Worker, and Chloe Hook is our Social Work Assistant Practitioner. Jo and Chloe, as part of Weldmar’s Family Support Services team, support carers of Weldmar patients with practical advice, a monthly newsletter, and since the start of the pandemic, regular Zoom get togethers.
Today, they have been busy crisscrossing across Dorset to visit the carers on their caseload, to handover a special bag full of surprises donated by local individuals and businesses.
The bag includes:
- Painted pebbles with inspirational words by Linda Gaunt and Deborah Bowden (pictured above)
- Handcrafted wax melt bars from A Lovely Little Wax Co, based in Dorset
- Needle felted flowers and stars from Darby’s Wool, handmade using wool from sheep from their own farm
- Knitted hearts and bees made by Sue Lucas in Dorchester
- A selection of hair care products from Redefine Poundbury
- A token for a free hot drink to takeaway from The Walnut Grove in Dorchester
- A selection of shower gels and other pampering products from Asda, Morrisons, and Tesco
- …and of course, a piece of cake made by Weldmar’s own top notch catering team!
Jo says it’s really important for us to recognise the work that carers do: “Carers are often thrust into a situation they had never imagined they would be in. It could be at a time of financial worries and stress, having to give up work, or reducing working hours. Carers will often have to continue to work for financial reasons, still keeping the home going. This is whilst also caring for their loved one, who is requiring a lot of care and support, managing their loved ones medication, hospital appointments, taking to appointments, and more. There may be other carers visiting the home during the day and they arrange their life around these visits.
To care for a loved one takes up a lot of time, it can be a constant worry, and the carer will often put their own health and well-being aside.
At Weldmar, we support carers, offering practical advice and guidance, but also emotional support and a safe place to be able to talk about the impact of their caring role on themselves.”
Chloe says that although they offer support to carers throughout the year, Carers Week is a good opportunity to show some appreciation: “‘It can be difficult for carers to find much time for themselves. Simple things such as going for a walk or popping to the shop for essentials might not be things that carers are freely able to do, as they are required to spend the majority of their time at home. For that very reason, we thought we would deliver treat bags straight to their front door. At Weldmar Hospicecare, we very much appreciate the hard work that carers put in and we hope that receiving a bag of treats will put a smile on their faces.’”
Our sincere thanks go to all of the individuals who have made these donations possible, so that we were able to provide a bag full of goodies to the carers Jo and Chloe look after.