Are you caring for a family member or friend? You may be a husband, a wife, a neighbour, or a young person who is assisting someone with their daily tasks and providing emotional support, while juggling your own day to day demands such as work, childcare and interests.
Northside provides a broad range of services that support you in your caring role. Respite is more than just a break for carers. Respite can enable you the opportunity to focus on yourself, other family members and reconnect with your life. Below are just some of the benefits that you can experience with respite.
‘I found out about respite and recreational opportunities [through] networks with other parents in similar situations’. Carers highlight their caring role affects levels of social interaction, health status and wellbeing. Northside will link carers with services and networks for a break, and to enjoy activities together, make friendships and find new interests.
Carers advise – ‘Obtain as much help as possible, don’t think you are capable of doing everything yourself’. Care giving presents a special area of need and increasingly families are expected to accept responsibility for a caring role at all levels – physical, emotional and financial; as well as at all life stages. At Northside we understand different caring roles and support carers to continue in their individual roles through support to engage in a working role, to retrain or to return to the workforce.
‘Other carers in the same position have been the most help to me.’
Northside can assist carers to take time out and make connection with other carers, to join carer support networks, and to find new ways of managing and balancing their caring roles.
‘I am very good at researching what is out there, I read a lot, pick up brochures wherever I go, ask a lot of questions and persist, persist, persist.’
Northside provides information and advice, education opportunities and training sessions for carers to learn more and to improve their caring skills.
‘So busy coping with the present, the future is always at the back of my mind.’
Northside will assist carers to establish goals and plan for the future and to develop ways to achieve positive results.
Northside highlights Carers Week as a time for all Australians to celebrate the 2.6 million unpaid carers who live in our community, to recognise the invaluable contribution made by carers, and to acknowledge the work that carers do each day to provide care for family members and friends.
"I was able to relax knowing mum was looked after.”
I become human for a while - an absolute blessing! 🙂
Northside wishes to specially thank the many carers who live in the Northern Sydney region and to recognise your contribution. We acknowledge and appreciate your dedication and commitment as a carer, and the work that you do each day in your caring role.