Caring is like breathing a deep pure breath. It expresses our humanity, it makes us all strong together, and links us with the rest of society. Without supporting or caring for each other, life holds little joy, just isolation. We are all connected, and those lucky enough to be able to express this through caring are blessed. After all, the carer can easily become the "Care-ee".
My husband Trevor, had a massive stroke 21 years ago, he spent 3 months in Toowoomba base Hospital, and they had to teach him how to sit up, and stand and then walk, with the aide of a walking stick. He has no use of his left arm and hand and can only walk on his left leg, by moving the leg from the hip. He can't walk far and has to use the wheelchair. We were in the middle of a big drought on our farm when Trevor had the stroke, so things were very hard for some time. Our family were a wonderful support for Trevor and I, without which we wouldn't be still on our farm.
I started caring for my partner when he first moved in with me in 2008. I was only 23 at the time and unsure of what I could do to assist him through his mental illness and addictions. Through caring for him I have gained an understanding of how addiction and mental illness is so entwined and needs to be treated together with constant support, love, guidance, and the correct treatment. 10 Years later and I am still caring for my now husband. I care because I love him, he is worth every hard day and night, and he brings me joy and happiness just being here with me and seeing him smile.
My partner had a major heart attack and aquired brain injury in Jan 18. It's not been a long time but for us it's been a enormous change and struggle to get the assistance we need, i'm his carer because no one else is going to step up and fight for our quality of living day to day, week to week, month by month. At 43 years old this is not something we thought about, or lives have stopped while we deal with this...more information and help needs to be available to all carers.
I care for my 6 year old son that has multiple disabilities.
Jacobs syndrome, ADHD. Autism and conduct disorder.
Even with the best team of professionals, my son is a rare and extremely complex case that nobody has answers for.
So why do I care ?
I am my sons only voice. I am his only strength to fight for a better life for him.
My motto is Giving up is NOT a option!
I am not a Marter , I am a Mother who simply just wants a better life for their child.
My husband gas Vascular Dementia I looked after him for nearly 5 years then I crashed with Bells Palsy no family support available so he had to go into full care.
Once I was back on track I visited nearly every 2nd day took him out on day trips and as time progressed and I watch the appalling behaviour of some staff members cleaner included and because we dare save some money the government then wanted their share so had to pay just on $100
The food disgrace our neighbours dogs were better.
I could not sit by and watch all this so NOW have brought him back home difficult as
National Carers Week is about recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution unpaid carers make to our nation.
Anyone at anytime can become a carer. Australia’s 2.7 million carers make an enormous contribution to our communities, with their caring roles being valued at $60.3 billion annually – more than $1 billion per week.
Each year, National Carers Week provides an opportunity to educate and raise awareness among all Australians about the diversity of carers and their caring roles. So join us in spreading the word and letting the community know why we care.
Free dental care for unpaid carers!
This National Carers Week, we’re partnering with the Maven Dental Group to offer unpaid carers free dental care!
Check out the Australian Government’s Carer Gateway – a national online and phone service providing practical information to support carers. This interactive tool helps carers connect to local support services.