Starting today, National Carers Week is a time to acknowledge and recognise the key role carers play in our communities.
We understand that families and carers hold an invaluable role in supporting people with disability, and therefore we make sure to work alongside them to provide the right support for each person. With 2.7 billion carers in Australia and their annual contribution valued at $60.3 billion, it’s hard to imagine what we would do without them.
That’s why it’s important for us to support carers and provide the assistance they need to care for themselves and others.
Support for everyone
A key part of the supports we offer is that they help carers do their job better. We achieve this by:
- Connecting carers to resources and other supports
- Giving them a break from their role with our group and individual supports
- Developing the participants’ skills and independence so they rely less on carers’ support
For example our School Holiday Program runs during every school break and is a good way for families and carers to take a rest from their duties.
For more info about being a carer, check out this resource.
Ways to support carers
Know a hardworking carer who deserves to be recognised? Why not do one of these things to let them and others know their work is appreciated.
Share the story
If the person is happy for their carer’s story to be shared, you can let them know why they care and what that means for the person they care for, their families, friends, and community.
Give them a break
Everyone needs a rest from time to time, and it’s hard to support others when you’re not feeling 100%. Get them a break with a kind gesture or gift, like helping them with chores or a trip to the movies.
Check in with them
For many, being a carer is a large responsibility to manage alongside other commitments. It’s a good idea to ask them how they’re going and if they need any support in their lives.
Host an event
A series of events are being held across Australia in recognition of Carers Week. Check out what’s happening in your local area and join in, or register your own.
For more details about how we support carers then get in touch with the team through email or at 1800 610 665 today.