Throughout Queensland, it is estimated there are around 474,000 carers who take care of a family member or friend without being paid for the care and support they provide*.
From 13-19 October, National Carers Week 2019, raises awareness for and celebrates the outstanding contribution of our carers across Australia.
A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support for family members or friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who are frail aged*.
Carers come from all walks of life and help out in many different ways. Some will have sole responsibility for caring, while others share it. Some carers will provide around the clock care to family members with high needs, while others may help out with daily activities like shopping, personal care, housework and meal preparation.
All carers bring much needed positivity, comfort and support to the people they care for. However, a carers role comes with significant responsibility and we need to make sure our carers are also looking after their own health.
Ozcare provides a number of services to support carers:
Our Dementia Advisors support carers of people who are living with dementia. We offer practical strategies to help you cope better in your caring role, information and resources to help you better understand what is being experienced, assistance to better link in with what’s available in your community, and ongoing, one on one support, in person or over the phone.
We offer day respite centres, which are open during business hours, to support carers across the state to take time out for themselves, whether that’s to relax, run errands, attend appointments, volunteer or go to work.
Our centres cater for senior members of the community and NDIS participants, and offer a diverse range of activities, tailored to our client’s interests. They also include fresh meals and transport. Extended hours are also available to carers of people living with dementia at our centres at Clontarf (Brisbane), Burleigh Heads (Gold Coast) and Townsville.
Whether you need to be away from home for a short-time, such as a doctor’s appointment or doing the shopping or whether you work part-time or have a regular hobby you would like to keep up, our in-home respite care services are completely flexible and can be organised to suit your schedule. Our experienced and professional carers will come to your home and help the person you care for do things they enjoy, such as games, craft or an outing in the community. We can even do some meal preparation and housework while you’re away.
If you are unable to look after the person you care for temporarily, due to an illness, recovering from surgery or if you are going away on holiday, we can assist by providing short-term 24-hour care in our 12 aged care facilities located throughout Queensland. This includes people living with dementia who we can accommodate in our secure, special care wings.
It’s important for carers to know that there are services out there to support them.
Call 1800 Ozcare (1800 692 273) to talk to our helpful customer service centre consultants about the ways we might be able to support you.