Support for families
Families of children with life limiting conditions are often overwhelmed by the challenge of caring for their children; the complexities of working with many professionals, services and appointments; and the difficulties of maintaining family life and employment.
Family Support Workers and Nurses
Emotional support is a key element that is offered throughout enabling families to talk about their fears and worries and empower them to make decisions about their child’s care.
Psychological and bereavement support
Rainbows has a Psychological and Bereavement Support Coordinator who coordinates the psychological support of families which may include counselling.
This is offered to all brothers and sisters aged 5 to 18 of children/young people who use Rainbows.
Our Cultural Link Worker works across the organisation to ensure the services provided are culturally appropriate. They work directly with families both individually and also in a monthly ‘Asian Mothers Group’. She is a resource to the care team with regard to specific cultural needs.
Rainbows also has a Spiritual Support Worker who provides and co-ordinates spiritual care and support to families and is a resource to Rainbows on spiritual issues.
Our Social Worker offers specialist social work support to families as well as being a resource to the rest of the hospice teams. The support may include liaising with Social Care services as well as benefit and grant support.
This work is focused and supports a particular individual need of a child/young person.