For people caring for loved ones, a little assistance can go a long.
The demands of the caring role means that support services such as respite care play an important part in maintaining their own wellbeing and their ability to continue and maintain levels of care. Not only is the caring role draining financially & emotionally but, unfortunately Government resources are stretched, and some can not receive adequate assistance.
But access to support services means a better quality of life for the carer.
Let's care for our carers.
Despite often being a rewarding role, caring can have detrimental impacts on carers, including problems with health and emotional wellbeing, deteriorating financial situations, and foregone opportunities such as a career and education.
Primary carers experience high rates of disability and long-term health problems. Of those surveyed in 1998, just over 39% had a disability and 9% had a severe or profound restriction. The physical and psychological demands of the caring role itself can lead to adverse health outcomes for carers.
Respite and home modification services will allow invaluable time out for the carer, along with providing mobility assistance (lifting, transferring and carrying).
Australian Unity's Well Being Index (2007) found that carers have 'an alarmingly low' wellbeing score of 58.5, compared to the average score for Australians in general of between 73 and 76 points.
Access to respite services allows invaluable time out for the carer to refresh and recharge.
Access to additional services without the cost burden will assist in the caring process of both the carer and care recipient.
53% of primary carers, a government pension or allowance is their primary source of income. Of all carers, 37% receive a government pension or allowance as their primary source of income.
Around 60% of carers in the survey reported major negative effects on their life choices including restrictions in their ability to take part in paid work, education or other career opportunities. Furthermore the impact of ceasing or reducing paid employment to perform unpaid caring work can extend well beyond the actual or intended period of caring.
Promotion of flexible workplace arrangements, and support for distance education will help bridge the lost opportunities gap.
Support Services Change Everything
It's a solid investment; providing support to family, friends and neighbours is perhaps the single greatest gift you can give these remarkable individuals. Let's care for our carers.
For as little as your daily cup of coffee you can provide 52 hours of respite care per year