By Natasha Egan and Linda Belardi
AUDIO: The invaluable commitment and contribution of informal carers to supporting people with dementia was celebrated at a high tea event hosted by HammondCare in Sydney on Wednesday.
Natasha Egan spoke to three carers in attendance who reflected on the personal challenges and rewards of their caring roles.
The ‘thank you’ event for carers coincided with the release of new ABS data showing that about half of primary carers report experiencing feeling weary, depressed or having a stress-related illness as a result of their caring role.
According to the latest statistics carers were also less likely to be participating in the labour force (56 per cent) than those who do not have caring responsibilities (69 per cent).
The proportion of primary carers who were spending 40 hours a week or more providing care has also increased since the last ABS survey.
In Australia, 12 per cent of people provide informal care to an older person or to someone with a disability or long-term health condition.
Registered nurse and author Maureen Bassett-Purcell talks about the “adventure” of caring for her husband John, helpful technology and the impact caring has on her wellbeing and work opportunities:
Carer June O’Nains begins by explaining why she is caring for her mother Joan:
Carer Suzanne Kelly discusses the rewards she gets from caring for her mother Lois and her experience of seeking support from aged care services: