The sad reality is many informal carers are not getting the rest they need and deserve, which is placing them under enormous physical, mental and financial stress. It's important that we look after our carers, because without them who will care for those that need it most?
"Presently in Australia, 196,490 determined informal carers are looking after their loved ones at home. This is an extremely hard gig. There are no weekends off, it is a 24/7 commitment that tests the carer physically, mentally and financially.
It would stand to reason that informal carers would have full support from the Federal Government. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.
I recently sought to take a break from caring for my 86-year-old mother, who is living with dementia. Government subsidised breaks known as "respite care" are an opportunity for the carer to take a well-earned breather from this extremely difficult role. As a carer, I have been allocated 63 days of subsidised residential respite care each financial year and, if needed, a further 21 days."