From 16-22 October, Carers Week will recognise and celebrate the contribution that Australia’s 2.8 million unpaid carers make to our nation. Carers week provides the community with a chance to notice and appreciate the hard work carers do and we encourage everyone to get involved.
Who are Carers?
A carer is anyone who looks after for a friend or family member with an illness, disability, or mental illness who are unable to manage without someone else’s support. Carers do not receive any income and work purely for the purpose of helping others. In some cases carers provides 24-hour care for someone with high needs. They help the person with daily tasks including feeding, dressing, going to the toilet and moving around the house.
Recognising Carers’ Needs
Being a carer can be very rewarding; every carer should feel a sense of accomplishment and self-worth from the work they do, caring for someone in need. However there are others aspects of the role that leave carers in need of support, such as:
- Not being able to work, leaving the carer reliant on government assistance
- High cost of essential aids and equipment
- Physical and emotional requirements of the job, which can lead to stress and depression
- Effect of providing round the clock care, which can hinder relationships with family, friends, and partners
Support Services for Carers
If you’re a carer, it’s important to look after yourself to ensure you are healthy in body and mind and able to fulfill your carer role. There are a variety of services available to help you take a break, return to paid work, or complete chores, including:
- Respite care at home
- Day respite centres
- Residential respite care
Respite care at home
We provide care in your home during the day or night, including
- Day time care; in the home, outings or appointments
- Overnight care
- Emergency care at short notice
- Shorter services such as multiple short visits during the day
- Longer services such as care while you’re at work
Read more about our in-home and overnight respite care services.
We offer temporary day and night respite accommodation at all of our ten aged care facilities throughout Queensland. Stays can typically last from a few days to a number of weeks. Residential respite can be used for a variety of reasons, including:
- Care while you are away on holiday
- Getting help while you’re unwell or unable to provide care
- Nursing or complex care for the person you care for if they have recently been in hospital
Read more about our residential respite services
Day respite centres
Ozcare has eight day respite centres located throughout Queensland that provide care during business hours for older people, adults with disability and those in the community who feel isolated or lonely.
Read more about our day respite centres.
Thank You to All Carers
With our diverse range of services, we support thousands of unpaid carers in Queensland. We would like to recognise them for all tireless efforts and dedication to the people they care for. Say thanks to carers this Carers Week and show them just how much you value their contribution to the community!