Patient and family support At Strathcarron Hospice the Patient and Family Support Team provide patients and their families with the emotional and practical support which at times maybe required through difficult times. We have two Social workers as well as Bereavement Co Coordinators for both our Adult and Children’s bereavement service. The team has two strands to their work, Social work and Bereavement support and Counselling. The team provide a Social Work service which includes emotional and practical support along with discharge planning. Around 40% of our patients come in for symptom control and are then discharged home or in some cases are transferred to another place of care. The team support the patient and their families to ensure they have the right services to ensure the discharge is successful. The service is also available to patients who attend Day Care. Emotional support to patients and their families is other important element of the work the team does and we afford people the time, privacy and opportunity to talk through their fears and anxieties. With this support people often feel that they can take more control of their situation and draw on and have confidence in their own personal resilience and their ability to work towards the goals which are important to them.