Carers are being recognised and celebrated across Australia this week for the support they provide to family members and friends.
There are an estimated 2.65 million Australians who are classified as carers and their contributions are acknowledged each year during Carers Week.
Carers provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, terminal illness, mental health conditions, are frail-aged, or suffer from drug or alcohol addiction.
Carers play a crucial role in our society and the COVID-19 pandemic has raised many new challenges for them to navigate on a daily basis.
As NDIS service providers, many of the Auscare Support team have seen firsthand the extra care and responsibilities carers have undertaken on behalf of the person they care for.
Where regular support services have ceased due to health concerns and lockdowns, it’s been the carers who have stepped up to ensure that all of the needs of the person they care for are fulfilled. From cleaning, personal care, shopping, and transport to appointments, carers have filled the void where support workers have not been able to deliver services.
On behalf of the entire Auscare Support team, we encourage everyone to acknowledge the commitment of carers everywhere this National Carers Week.
Without their support, many people in our communities would be extremely vulnerable and their health and safety would be at risk.
There may be less events being held this year to recognise carers due to COVID-19, but please take some time this week to reflect on the positive impact carers have on the lives of so many people in our community.
If you are a carer interested in learning about supports that are available to you, the Carer Gateway website provides information and resources that help to promote carer wellbeing which is so important.
If you would like to learn more about Carers Week and the contribution carers make to their communities, please click here: National Carers Week | 10 – 16 October