Living and Dying Well (Midlothian)
10:00 - 12:30
Losing a loved one is difficult but it is a reality that many carers, family members and friends will eventually face. Whether death is expected or sudden there will be lots to deal with.
This short course helps carers to prepare for some of the decisions and arrangements they will have to make. Carers attending the course will build personalised files to refer to when someone dies.
Duration: 4 weeks
Who is this course for?
This course is open to all Midlothian carers supporting someone with a long term condition and may be of particular interest to carers supporting someone frail or elderly, has cancer, dementia or has had strokes.
Week 1 – Getting Started
An introductory session with the focus on carers, what they experience and how they can look after themselves at difficult times. There will be an opportunity to think about change, stress and support available.
Week 2 – Options
This session explores what support and equipment is possible at home, in hospital or hospice in order to support patients and families as illness progresses.
Week 3 – Thinking Ahead
An opportunity to explore how we can plan for the future. This session looks at key issues such as Powers of Attorney, Wills, decisions about resuscitation. We will consider the needs and wants of the patient and their families and how those can be addressed.
Week 4 – The Weeks After Death
This session provides practical advice about who to contact and what to do in the first few days after someone’s death, including how to register a death and deal with money matters. As well as what to consider when arranging a funeral. We will also look at on-going support following bereavement and the next steps.
What carers will get from this course
A safe environment to learn, ask questions and share experiences.