CARERS are the cornerstone of our mental health care, aged care, disability care and palliative care system.
Without the support of unpaid family carers, these systems would simply collapse.
All over Australia people are taking the time to care for family and friends who are aged, frail or otherwise incapacitated. In fact there are about 2.6 million unpaid carers in our communities.
Often without pay or recognition, carers dedicate their lives to others. The actions of these good people mean that many in need can remain in their own homes and maintain quality of life.
Held from October 13 to 19, the week’s CarersWeek celebrations and events seek to raise awareness, support and appreciation of Australia’s unpaid family carers.
The combined range and scope of the unpaid family caring effort is extraordinarily large, with the cost for this significant contribution to society estimated at over $40 billion a year.
Neville Coventry, team leader for Carers Queensland Inc, says we need to be aware that we are referring to family and friends who are carers and the enormous contribution made by these wonderful citizens.
“Recognising the valuable contribution carers make to the community and to society as a whole it is important that we embrace communities in our CarersWeek celebrations,” Neville commented.
Carers QueenslandWest Moreton has combined with Carinity Communities – Our House at Toogoolawah to present a Fiesta Garden Party and event to be held at Carinity Communities Our House, at 27 Gardner St, Toogoolawah on October 17.
The event will feature local entertainment, massage and a barbecue as well as information on services available to carers. Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre, financial and relationship counselling, health, mental health, homelessness, sport and recreation and employment services will be well represented.
Somerset mayor Graeme Lehmann said Carers Queensland’s goal for the event was to bring people together to celebrate the contribution of family carers, and offer entertainment and information.
“I encourage residents to make the most of this opportunity to find out more about what is available. It might be for yourself, but it could also be on behalf of a family member, a neighbour or a friend,” Cr Lehmann said.
For more information on this event, phone Neville Coventry from Carers Queensland on 3202 1852.
CARERS WEEK: Amanda Murray (left) from the Rural Fire Service and Elaine Mavis from Valley FM at the Mobile Hub.