Care­givers needed for on­line sur­vey

Central Leader - - NEWS -

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 sur­vey­mon­ 7L3N9Q2.

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