Welcome to the latest edition of the Work 'n' Care newsletter. Each month we try and bring you stories that embody all aspects of a carers life. Our aim is to empower you in your caring role and to make your life a little easier. Contact us with your experiences and ideas as the process of sharing can make a carers life just that little bit easier. Read the latest edition below or use the links on the right to navigate our story archives.

 

Planning for Your Future Starts Now

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When we plan for our future we take it for granted that we will be able to make our own decisions. But, as a working carer, have you ever considered what would happen to your financial and business affairs – and that of your care receiver – if you were involved in a car accident or ended up in a coma as a result of a stroke?

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Take a break

work_icon.jpg The issues raised at the Walk a Mile in My Shoes day of action in Canberra this week highlight the fact that carers are often forced to give up work. Faced with few support services for working carers and the difficulties of juggling work and care, many carers simply leave work. Increasingly however, workplace flexibility policies are giving carers options to allow them stay in work. This article outlines one of these options – taking a career break.

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Carers speak out

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North Coast working carer Francesca Seychell has been negotiating for 20 years for quality services for her daughter who was born with a severe intellectual disability. Today she is adding her voice to those of family carers at the Walk a Mile in My Shoes day of action in Canberra. The NSW Working Carers Support Gateway, based in Lismore, has responded to the Walk a Mile campaign call to ‘Send a Carer to Canberra’, and funded Francesca to attend.

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Who provides respite care?

other_icon.jpg In a week with a focus on the shortage of services and supports for carers, this article gives an overview of providers of respite care for elderly people, those with chronic illness and people with disabilities. Respite care is provided by community care services, such as those under the umbrella of the Home and Community Care (HACC) Program and the National Respite for Carers Program, and by residential care homes.

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Financial counselling

money_icon.jpgWhat happens when the bills start piling up and you feel overwhelmed with debt? Many working carers not only have their own finances to look after but often take on the financial responsibilities and debts of their care receiver. If the burden of managing your affairs results in a financial crisis who can you turn to? This article has information about a financial counselling service available throughout NSW.

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