Celebrating National Carers Week 2016

National Carers Week – October 16-22, 2016 – is all about recognising and celebrating the amazing positive difference that Australia’s 2.8 million unpaid carers make to our families, communities and the national economy.

Did you know that if all carers stopped performing their caring role, it would cost $60.3 billion per annum in Australia to replace their support? In addition, one in eight Australian employees are carers, combining paid work with their caring responsibilities. Whether this is due to financial necessity or social interaction, carers can often face a challenging time balancing the two roles.

According to Carers Australia, there is a high probability that you will have unpaid carers within your community group, particularly if there is a high percentage of older people or women. Many people with caring responsibilities don’t think of themselves as carers and often miss out on services and support as a result. Understanding what it means to be an unpaid carer and how to access support and services is imperative, according to Carers Australia. If you are a carer, there is a range of carer support services and programs available to help you receive the practical, financial and emotional support you need.

National Carers Week will be launched in Sydney at a ‘Celebrate the Carer in You’ event – a climb of Sydney Harbour Bridge at 8am on Sunday October 16, 2016. To participate (with subsidised entry), register at bridge2careoz@gmail.com. Other National Carers Week events and activities are taking place across the country from Sunday October 16 until Sunday October 22, 2016.

Respite services at Oxley Home Care enable carers to take a break from their caring role for a few hours. By caring for themselves, they can sustain the care they are providing for longer. Respite care can include personal care and grooming, domestic and laundry assistance, meal preparation and cooking, transport and outings, companionship and social support. For more information, please contact Oxley Home Care on 1300 993 591.

Gilian Douglass

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