CARERS have to be some of the most hard-working individuals in the world. Their patience and selflessness is something to be marvelled, but with such great responsibility, carers often don't have a lot of time for themselves.
Hopewell Hospice in Arundel are trying to change this by providing a day-care program for people aged over 65, who have a life limiting illness and a carer.
Hopewell Hospice CEO Mark Hunter said the service is about providing respite for the carer and a relaxing environment for the client.
"We've had a palliative care end-of-life facility for many years but we've just started providing a new service," he said.
"In doing so we have a day program every Wednesday and the resident or the client can come and have everything provided, we have therapies and activities."
The emphasis at Hopewell is on living as full a life as possible in a home-like environment.
Family and friends are welcomed, and encouraged to become part of the Hopewell community and the day program provides a social outlet for clients.
"It's a social day because quite often these people don't have a social network, they're in the home with their carer and that's it," Mr Hunter said.
"So this gets them out in a social environment with some therapies and some support and the carer can then do some of their other jobs or then can join in."