Information & Guidance

Hospice in the Weald provides Information & Guidance to our patients, their families and carers.

We aim to improve your quality of life and that of your family, helping you to cope with some of the most difficult aspects of your illness.

Our support and care is offered free of charge by our experienced and trained volunteers who have undergone safeguarding DBS checks (a DBS is a check on criminal history). Our volunteers understand the importance of confidentiality and the empathy required when dealing with all aspects of Information & Guidance.

Our team of volunteers  may be able to assist you in applying  for Attendance Allowance (AA), Personal Independence Payments (PIP), various Grants or a Blue Badge.

These are non means tested benefits to which you may be entitled.  Attendance Allowance (AA) is for those over 65 years old and Personal Independence Payments (PIP) (previously  DLA) is for those under 65 years needing assistance with care.  The Blue Badge is the disabled parking scheme.

For those families who are suffering financial difficulties due to terminal illness, we may be able to assist you in applying for a one-off Macmillan Grant to help you with every day costs such as fares to hospital for treatment, convalescent breaks and heating bills. This is a means tested award.

If you would like assistance with applying for these benefits; please speak to your Clinical Nurse Specialist who will liaise with the Information & Guidance Manager.

We are aware that the benefits system is complicated and we will support you through the process or guide you if appropriate.

For more information please contact Sharon Riches - Information & Guidance Co-ordinator, on 01892 820500 ext 572 or sharon.riches@hospiceintheweald.org.uk