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Supporting carers in our community

14 October 2020

MercyCare partnered with Carers WA this month in a series of events to chat about the supports available to carers and celebrate the contribution they make in our community.

MercyCare Aged Care Services business development manager Sam Spiro hosted information sessions with Carers WA at Cambridge, Kalamunda, Forrestfield, Girrawheen and Scarborough libraries, as well as Kalamunda Parish on supports available to carers.

Sam was also asked to appear as a guest on Kalamunda local radio and Capitol 101.7 FM (Click here to listen to the interview - Audio_10_10_2020_11_36_39) to talk about the role carers play and how to access funds and support.

National Carers Week, from October 11-17, celebrates the amazing contribution carers make to our community, working tirelessly to provide care to support family or a friend.

A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to family members or friends who are living with a disability, mental health challenge, long term health condition (including a chronic condition or terminal illness), an alcohol or other drug dependency, or who is frail aged.

Every care situation is different. Some carers provide 24-hour aid to a family member or friend with high care needs. Others care for people who are relatively independent but require someone to keep an eye on them or assist them with tasks such as banking, transport, housework and shopping.

Did you know?

  • More than 2.65 million Australians provide help and support to a family member or friend, saving the Australian community more than $77.9 billion per year.
  • Carers range in age from as young as eight years old to people well into their nineties.
  • Two thirds of carers are women and most carers provide care for a parent, partner, child or friend.
  • 79 % of carers do not see themselves as carers.

*Information from: carerswa.asn.au

If you are an unpaid carer and your loved one needs in-home support, please call 1800 637 299 or email agedcare@mercycare.com.au and receive your free information pack.

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