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What would we do without carers?



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THE HON DR SHARMAN STONE MP Federal Member for Murray

Thursday 21 October 2010

What would we do without carers?

This is Carer’s Week a time to reach out and thank the hundreds of local carers who enhance the lives of the loved ones they support in their homes.

“There are more than 2.6 million unpaid carers in Australia who look after family members or special friends who are aged and frail, or who have a disability or illness.” Dr Sharman Stone, Federal Member for Murray said.

“We have many amazing parents, spouses and sons and daughters in Murray who work tirelessly to help loved ones stay living in their own homes, maintaining their own lives and being part of their communities. Some of our elderly parents, now in their 80’s, still look after disabled family members despite their own increasing needs.

“This role can be a challenging and involve huge sacrifices as the carer leaves paid work or puts their own dreams on hold as they put everything into caring.”

Sharman Stone said Carer’s Week was also a reminder to carers to look after their own health and take some personal time out if they can. There are opportunities for respite for carers and taking this time is essential so that our carers do not burn out.

“Voluntarily caring is demanding but there is help available; carers don’t need to do it all on their own.

“Carer’s Australia can assist carers with support to allow them to still participate in family, social and community life, education and employment. Carer’s Australia can be contacted on 1800242636 or you can visit www.carersaustralia.com.au.

“If you are a young carer you can visit www.youngcarers.net.au.

“You might also be eligible for a carer payment from Centrelink or be eligible for some assistance from one of Centrelink’s social workers who can provide confidential assistance such as counselling and support in difficult times. Cal 132717or visit www.centrelink.gov.au.”

“The Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres also have extensive regional networks, and can provide free and confidential information on community aged care, disability and other services available across Australia. For more information about Carelink services call 1800 052 222 or visit www.commcarelink.health.gov.au ,” Sharman Stone said.

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