Patient and family resources

Help with accessing care and supporting loved ones during Covid-19

Dealing with coronavirus and a life-limiting or terminal illness

We know that these are worrying times for everyone. If you have, or are living with someone who has, a life limiting or terminal illness the coronavirus pandemic will bring particular concerns. This leaflet will address some of your worries.

Visiting a loved one 

Deciding whether, given the social distancing guidance in place, you should visit a loved one who has a terminal diagnosis or may be at end of life can be difficult (if the choice is available to you). This guide will help you work through the options and reach a decision you are happy with.

Home care visits

Your home care provider will have their own procedures in place to govern who receives home care at this time and what care they can provide. This leaflet will help you understand why your care may have been altered and to know what to expect when your carer arrives.

Information for carers

Caring for someone can be challenging in normal circumstances, and even more so at the moment. This guide will answer some of your questions about the changes you may need to take and will sign post you to advice and support networks.

Accessing medications

This leaflet gives you some guidance to help you access your medications if you are unable to leave your house.

Advanced care planning

This guide will help you make the decision whether you need to write an Advanced Care Plan, and help you tackle talking about this with your family.

End of life

What to expect when someone close to you is dying

Dying is something that people don't encounter often. What to expect when someone close to you is dying will to prepare you for some of the common signs that someone is nearing the end of their life.

Bereavement 

North East Lincolnshire Bereavement Support Partnership

Telephone support is available for anyone bereaved through the Coronavirus pandemic. Please see leaflet for details.

Coping with grief during a pandemic

Grief is a difficult emotion at the best of times, let alone when facing a pandemic that is changing your way of life and limiting your social interactions. You can find our more in this information sheet.

Looking after yourself

It's important to take care of yourself, especially when facing stressful or difficult times. This leaflet contains some simple steps you can take to look after yourself at this difficult time.  

Helping children through a bereavement

We all respond to grief differently. It can be difficult to know how to explain a loss to a child, and to make sure that they are processing and coping with their grief. Here is a guide to help you navigate your way through the situation.

Funeral arrangements

Current Government guidelines have changed the way we hold funerals whilst the coronavirus pandemic is underway. These new rules may restrict whether you can attend the funeral of a loved one, which can add more difficult emotions on top of your grief. This leaflet will help you to understand the current guidelines, and help you to grieve for your loved one even if you are unable to attend their funeral.

Additional resources

There are a number of organisations who can help you to cope with feelings of loss, bereavement, anxiety and depression. Please do contact them if you are struggling to cope - it always helps to talk. Contact details are available here.