Caregivers needed for online survey
After being hit by a car in 2003, Tracey-Lee Dalton’s world flipped upside down.
She went from being a caregiver to a care recipient in an instant.
Now she is conducting research at the University of Auckland into caregiving and wants thousands of Kiwi caregivers to share their experience in an online survey.
The government is committed to improving the lives of caregivers and in last Thursday’s budget announced that 1600 caregivers will receive more money for working as caregivers, but this is only 0.04 per cent of the total number of caregivers in New Zealand.
‘‘Less than 3 per cent of caregivers in New Zealand are able to keep their paid jobs,’’ Ms Dalton says.
‘‘Caregivers suffer financially and experience health issues, especially stress, depression and anxiety, despite playing a vital role in helping people with disabilities or illness to remain living at home with full lives.
‘‘If you are an adult unpaid caregiver of someone with an illness or dis- ability, or you have been a caregiver in the past, we want to hear from you,’’ she says.
The University of Auckland with the support of Carers NZ is hoping to recruit up to 2000 caregivers.
Findings from the study will be used to provide information on what works well to support caregivers, in order to make improvements.
Volunteers in the study will be asked to complete an online survey, which will take about 25 minutes to complete.
The survey is anonymous and can be found at surveymonkey.com/s/ 7L3N9Q2.