Family Support Services

Having a serious illness or caring for someone who is ill brings with it a range of new challenges. Working as part of the multi-disciplinary team in the Hospice, the family support team has the experience, knowledge and counselling skills to help and advise you on how to address these challenges.

We have registered social workers and qualified counsellors in the team supported by a discharge support worker and several volunteers.

We work with patients, their carers, families, friends and carers by offering practical and emotional support.

St Gemma’s Hospice works with all people, no matter what their ethnicity, faith, age, disability, gender or sexuality and are available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm both in the Hospice and for home visits. You can refer yourself by ringing 0113 218 5500 or e-mailing familysupportteam@st-gemma.co.uk. Evening meetings can be arranged by prior appointment.

Please click on the boxes below to learn more about our Family Support Services at St Gemma’s Hospice:

  • Emotional support through the stressful changes that may occur because of illness or at the end of life for patients and their families. We can see people individually or with family or
  • Assistance with future planning and decision making; including making wills, powers of attorney, court of protection issues and funeral arrangements including meeting the cost of your funeral.
  • Advice and support with housing, financial planning and benefits.
  • Liaison with other care and support agencies. Finding your way through the maze of health and social care agencies can be a challenge. We can help you understand what your options are and what the costs, if any, might be.
  • Facilitating discharge from the In-Patient Unit by working with Health Case Managers, District Nurses, and Adult Social Care to help patients receive the appropriate care to support them once they leave the Hospice.
  • We also run a weekly Carers’ Group, which may be beneficial to anyone looking for a safe space to relax, meet others and seek advice. Click here to find out more about our Carers’ Group in Leeds.

We offer a comprehensive adult bereavement service that includes one-to-one counselling and group support. You are also welcome to drop in to our Bereavement Support Group which meets on the second Friday of each month 10am to 12pm. This offers the opportunity to meet with people going through a similar experience.

Please click here to visit our bereavement support page for more information on how to access the service.

Our Young People’s Service has bereavement support workers who are trained and highly-experienced in working with bereaved children and young people and work exclusively in this field.

Support can be offered on an individual basis or by meeting together in a group for memory days or fun events. They can also signpost to other agencies, provide leaflets, advice and information. Please click here for further information on the St Gemma’s Young People’s Service.

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