We are delighted to announce the launch of the LCH Community Support Service which focusses on directly supporting carers through a program of financial help administered directly by the Love Courage Hope Foundation (LCH). The program will provide personalised and practical support to give hope and a little ease to carers as they travel their journey.
Since we began in 2011 we have proudly supported carer research through the Olivia Newton-John Wellness Centre at the Austin Hospital, but in 2014 we took a pause from fundraising and focussed on developing our strategy for delivering support to carers. The LCH Community Support Service means we are now able to provide tangible support for those involved in looking after cancer patients in our community.
The LCH Community Support Service
LCH recognises the role of the carer in a cancer patient’s journey, whether they are a spouse, child, other family member or a professional carer. The burden – physical, emotional, financial – borne by carers can be immense and can have a dramatic effect on the carer’s life. However, this is often overlooked as the priorities of the patient are paramount.
How we will support carers
LCH will fund and organise customised support based on the needs of the carer. Examples of this are:
- assistance with accommodation and travel costs
- a special night out/weekend away
- pamper packs
- home cleaning
- in home support
- child care
- gardening and household chores
Support services can be tailored after discussion with the carer. All services will be supplied by professional service providers.
A brochure outlining the services LCH can offer carers will be supplied to schools, hospitals, doctors and other groups in our community in coming months. We would encourage you to make the LCH Community Support Service known to anyone you know who may benefit from this support.
How to apply for support
Once we receive your application we will contact you to discuss your requirements.