Free sup­port ses­sions to help car­ers

The Oban Times - - News -

CAR­ERS in and around Oban who look af­ter a friend or fam­ily mem­ber liv­ing with a se­ri­ous ill­ness can ac­cess free ‘Car­ing with Con­fi­dence’ sup­port ses­sions.

The free group ses­sions, which must be pre-booked, take place be­tween 1-3pm ev­ery Mon­day at The Un­der­croft, Glen­cruit­ten Church Cen­tre, Oban.

They are open to any­one who cares for some­one who has a se­ri­ous ill­ness. This might be one of a range of ill­nesses such as ter­mi­nal can­cer, heart fail­ure, de­men­tia or lung dis­ease.

Ses­sions will cover a range of top­ics in­clud­ing prac­ti­cal ad­vice, man­ag­ing symp­toms and how car­ers can care for them­selves. Car­ers can also take part in a range of re­lax­ation ac­tiv­i­ties.

For any­one who is un­able to leave the per­son they are car­ing for unat­tended, a carer can be ar­ranged and trans­port to and from The Un­der­croft can be pro­vided.

The ses­sions are run in part- ner­ship be­tween Marie Curie and North Ar­gyll Car­ers Cen­tre as part of the Ar­gyll and Bute De­liv­er­ing Choice Pro­gramme, a part­ner­ship be­tween Marie Curie, Ar­gyll and Bute Com­mu­nity Health Part­ner­ship and lo­cal part­ners to im­prove ac­cess and qual­ity of pal­lia­tive and end of life care.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to book a place con­tact Mairi or Lisa at North Ar­gyll Car­ers Cen­tre on 01631 564422 or email mairi@northar­gyll­car­

Jen­nifer Dry­den, from Marie Curie said: ‘We know that friends and rel­a­tives can find them­selves over­whelmed with dif­fer­ent emo­tions and the prac­ti­cal side of car­ing.

‘Although you might not be the main carer or think that you have a car­ing role, we can of­fer you sup­port and ad­vice that can help.

‘Talk­ing through any wor­ries with oth­ers in sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances can be hugely ben­e­fi­cial to both you and the per­son you are car­ing for.’

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