Carers celebrated

4 November 2020|Lifestyle| Off Comments off on Carers celebrated|

AS part of National Carers Week, a number of performances of the play ‘Who Cares?’, written and performed by Helen Swain, were held, including at the Moonah Arts Centre.

National Carers Week, which was held from 11 to 17 October, is the time where the contribution of the country’s 2.7 million carers, and Tasmania’s 85,000 plus unpaid family and friend carers is celebrated.

Carers Tasmania chief executive officer David Brennan said a carer was someone who provided unpaid care to another person with disability, chronic, terminal or mental illness, who was frail aged or had an alcohol or other drug issue.

“Nationally, 2.2 billion hours of unpaid care is provided every year and often it’s family and friends,” he said.

“Without carers, families fall over, communities fall over and so does the economy.”

Mr Brennan said the role of carer was a challenging one, but was important for the community.

“There’s a whole lot of challenging factors, not just the condition of the person you care for, but also where you’re located,” he said.

“Tassie is a very regionalised state with some locations that are isolated and have limited access to services and supports that people need.”

Carers were invited to watch the performance of Who Cares?, which was about a woman reflecting on her time caring for her mother.

“I wrote it to honour the role carers do because it is so hidden,” performer and carer Helen Swain said.

“It’s an amalgamation of a lot of different people’s stories.”

Eileen Page has been a carer for her husband since he had a stroke in October 2019.

“He was out in the garden one day and he had a massive stroke, so he was admitted into hospital for three months,” Ms Page said.

“He was paralysed down his right side and his cognitive abilities have been affected along with his eyesight and hearing.

“It’s mentally, physically and emotionally extremely stressful.

“I’m the one person in the household that makes all the decisions for everything.”

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