Caring for the carers
Posted: 10/16/2017 2:04 AM by
Just Better Care
This week is National Carers Week.
Assuming the role of a carer can be a life-changing transition and can happen to anyone at anytime. There are 2.7 million unpaid carers in Australia.
National Carers Week is an opportunity to recognise the incredible contribution carers make to our community.
Just Better Care Chief Operating Officer, Alison Chandler, emphasises the importance of acknowledging the significant role carers make to the lives of many Australians who need extra support.
“National Carers Week is a time to give thanks for the millions of carers around the country who dedicate their time to assisting others,” Ms Chandler said.
“Our support professionals and advisors are the backbone of Just Better Care and are often supported by the unpaid carers in the form of friends or family. We are very grateful for the special role carers play and we want to take this opportunity – during National Carers Week – to show our appreciation for the work they do.”
Not only do carers have an enormous impact on our communities, but also our national economy. It would cost Australia $60.3 billion dollars to replace the support that unpaid carers provide – that’s more than $1 billion per week.
Recognising their efforts also means identifying the challenges that come with being a carer. One in 10 Australian employees are in a caring role. Trying to balance work-life and carer responsibilities can be difficult.
Employers play a pivotal role in promoting and understanding caring and offering a flexible work environment for primary carers when they need it, and if they transition back to full-time work.
“We are encouraging Australians to show their support by saying thanks to the carers who contribute to our community,” Ms Chandler.
“Hosting a morning tea at your workplace is a simple way to start a conversation around creating a carer-friendly environment and elicit a greater appreciation for the diversity of caring roles in Australia.”
In recognition of all care staff and family carers, Just Better Care Brisbane North is organising a few hours of serenity at its office in Kallangur, Queensland, this Friday, October 20, with relaxation activities and a pamper station as a small token of appreciation.
for a range of ideas on how you can show your support for Australian carers individually, or in your workplace or local community.
Those interested in attending Just Better Care Brisbane North’s Carer’s Week event can confirm their attendance by phoning 08 3056 0777 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org