Compton Supportive Care

It’s not just patients that we support, we’re here for you as family, friends and carers, as you too face life with the effects of complex and incurable conditions.

Our supportive care team provide an all-round care package, taking your personal, practical, emotional and spiritual needs into consideration. 

Think of it as a network of advice and support, tailored to your own individual needs. 

Learning that a family member or friend has a complex or incurable illness can leave you struggling to process your thoughts and feelings. You might feel a mixture of emotions, from anger and confusion to upset or numbness, and although it’s normal to feel this way, it can be difficult to make sense of it all.

Whilst we can’t promise to take the pain away, we can offer a regular, safe and confidential space for you to speak openly and honestly about how you feel.

Our counselling sessions allow you to talk through the issues that you’re facing and to explore difficult feelings in a non-judgemental environment. We can offer one-to-one sessions with a counsellor as well as sessions for couples and children so you can tailor your support to your own needs. Sessions are either weekly or fortnightly and take place in our confidential counselling rooms at our Compton Hall site.

As part of our counselling service, we’re also able to offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), a type of talk therapy which focuses on how your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect your feelings and behaviour, and teaches you coping skills for dealing with different problems.

If you’d like the chance to meet and share experiences with others in similar circumstances our carers support group meet every Friday between 10.30am and 12.00pm at our Cedars site.

If you struggle to articulate your feelings with words, or are simply looking for a new way to express yourself, you may wish to give art therapy a try.

Art therapy is known to help with coping with loss, change and uncertainty, with reducing feelings of anxiety, stress and depression, and as a relief from emotional and physical pain.

It’s not about producing pieces of work to display, unless you want to, but is about providing a personal and creative outlet. You can use the time to talk or can choose to have quiet sessions, it’s up to you.

Our art therapy sessions are available on either a one-to-one or group basis.

With your own personal health and wellbeing often being pushed aside, complimentary therapies provide a designated time and space for rest, relaxation and well deserved ‘me time’.

Known to promote lessened feelings of stress, pain and anxiety, our complimentary therapies aim to enhance quality of life, giving you time out from difficult circumstances to focus on yourself.

You can choose from:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Indian head massage
  • Massage therapy
  • Reiki
  • Reflexology
  • Relaxation techniques

All therapies are carried out by trained complimentary therapists in one of our specialist treatment rooms here on site, allowing you the opportunity to take a break for a couple of hours.

Dealing with the impact of serious illness can not only take its toll emotionally, but there are many practical implications which can leave families feeling jumbled and confused – that’s where the Compton Care social work team can help.

We’re here to support you with the bits that often get forgotten, as well as the things that you’ve previously never given a second thought. We can help with applying for benefits and support to make any necessary home adaptations, help source equipment such as walkers and wheelchairs and liaise with external agencies to arrange additional support if needed. We’re also there to help you navigate those sometimes difficult conversations with loved ones around advance care planning and making funeral arrangements.

The team have a good knowledge of local authority systems, health care services and legal structures, and are happy to signpost you to external services if we think they would benefit you.

Supporting a loved one through a terminal diagnosis can prompt a number of questions: “Why is this happening?” “What have we done to deserve this?” “How will we cope?” etc. Whilst we can’t provide you with the answers to these questions, we can provide you with the opportunity to talk and help you to find ways to cope with the changing nature of your situation.

For some, comfort is sought through religious belief. The Compton spiritual care team is supported by staff and volunteers of different faiths, beliefs and denominations who can listen and provide a safe and secure environment to talk.

For those who identify as being spiritual but not religious, we’ll support you to focus on the people, places, interests and passions that make you, you – all of which can be significant in helping you to find ways to cope.

Whether you want to explore difficult questions, express your feelings through art or music, or simply take a moment to quietly reflect in our Sanctuary room, we’re here for you.

Start accessing support

If you think that you'd benefit from our supportive care services, or if you'd like a little more information, please contact us via our online form, or give us a call on 0300 323 0250.

Want to speak to Compton in person, call us 0300 323 0250