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
Due to current government restrictions, our Compassionate Lanarkshire services will all be delivered remotely. Our team will carry out regular support via telephone or Attend Anywhere to allow patients the opportunity to discuss any issues related to their health condition. We will use our expert knowledge to guide and signpost appropriately and link you in with healthcare professionals and other community links as required.
CLAN patients and their families will be encouraged and supported to use online resources available on each individual hospices’ websites.
Our role will include supporting patients and carers on a journey to get online and to help them stay more connected with friends and family. We will do this by working with organisations that support the most vulnerable to get online and also offer support and guidance via telephone. Allowing people to connect with friends and family will help reduce loneliness. We also plan to support people to link in with other online and digital resources which incorporate their hobbies and interests, in turn reducing boredom and promoting wellbeing.
All three hospices will offer various complementary therapies. These will be dependent on individual therapists, their experience and range of qualifications. The therapies on offer can all be carried out via telephone or apps such as Zoom/WhatsApp/Attend Anywhere. Previous feedback from patients who have received therapies in this way described improvement in their stress and anxiety levels and also in overall health and wellbeing, including improved sleep.
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