Peter’s story: The importance of respite for our carers

Peter’s story: The importance of respite for our carers

Carers are hidden gems. They provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who requires support because of illness, disability or frailty.

Husbands, wives, partners, sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, friends, neighbours, children – carers come in all ages and from all walks of life.

Caring is a big responsibility and carers need to take a break now and then to rest, relieve stress, recharge their batteries, and look after their own affairs and wellbeing.

At ACNA , we understand that every carer’s needs are different. We work with each carer to understand how we can support them in their caring role and then act as their advocate, taking a flexible approach to respond to their needs.

We do this through our Commonwealth Respite and Carelink service.

Helping Peter

Peter, a 64-year-old truck driver, also knows just how important respite is. He had only just started to think about retirement when his wife Sue was involved in a car accident and sustained a serious brain injury.

“I thought of placing Sue in a nursing home but my preference was to care for her in our own home, and Sue really wanted to stay at home too. So instead I decided to leave my job and become her full-time carer,” Peter said.

We respected Peter’s preference to care for his wife at home and set out to find a provider that could meet Sue’s high care needs so he could take much-needed breaks.

We found a provider who would care for Sue and services commenced immediately, providing respite for Peter.

“I wouldn’t have been able to care for Sue at home if it wasn’t for the Carelink service,” Peter said. “The respite they arranged for me helped make it possible.”

To find out more about our respite services and how we can help, see Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre.

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