Compassionate Lanarkshire (CLAN) is a partnership project between St Andrew’s, Kilbryde and Strathcarron Hospices which aims to support vulnerable and isolated individuals and families in Lanarkshire affected by a life-limiting illness including; cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease and progressive neurological conditions.
The project will offer emotional, therapeutic and practical support to help individuals and families identify, value and build on their strengths to achieve the best possible quality of life. The CLAN team will work with service users – clients and carers – in their own homes and communities to identify and build on their strengths, increase knowledge and understanding, manage stress and anxiety, enhance resilience, improve emotional health and wellbeing, identify and access services, supports and opportunities: all with the aim of reducing isolation, loneliness and anticipatory grief.
Aims of CLAN
- Enable people to stay at home longer
- Offer advice and information to enable individuals to cope with their current situation
- Reduce social isolation
- Support carers and reduce the impact on their physical and mental wellbeing
- Delay the need for more complex support
- Provide emotional support
- Signpost to other agencies
CLAN Co-ordinator & Support Worker
The CLAN Co-ordinator and Support Worker will offer support to clients and carers in their own home and will be the key contact. Specific needs will be identified following an assessment and suggested services will be offered to benefit all concerned. The role of the Co-ordinator and Support Worker will be to provide information and expertise appropriate to each individual’s needs.
The Co-ordinator or Support Worker will identify if clients or carers would benefit from regular support from a Befriender and match the Befriender to the needs of the client / carer. Their role is to provide friendship, support and short-term respite.
CLAN Complementary Therapists
Complementary therapy may be offered to both client / carer following assessment by the Co-ordinator or Support Worker. Qualified therapists will provide a variety of treatments such as reiki, reflexology/massage and aromatherapy. These therapies are provided in the home, usually for a series of six sessions.
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Tel No: 01236 772004