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.


Home alone

other_icon.jpgAll parents and carers are at some stage faced with the dilemma of whether to leave their children home alone. With the school holidays fast approaching this question is even more pressing for working carers. To help carers consider the issues surrounding this important decision we are reproducing an article from the parents winter school holiday kit Home Alone provided by the NSW Department of Community Services.

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Additional holiday leave

money_icon.jpgSchool holidays often pose problems for working carers who have school aged children. Finding suitable care and activities, especially for younger children, when you have to work is not always easy. In this article we outline a flexible leave option that allows parents to take extra leave in the school holidays and note the financial implications of this decision.

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Can I go back to work now?

dona_dot_web.jpgWhen is a holiday not a holiday? When you are a working carer and it’s the school holidays. Parenting at the best of times is one of the toughest jobs, and coupled with working and caring, it can send your stress levels off the Richter scale.

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Holiday care for kids

work_icon.jpgThe next school holidays are fast approaching and if you have younger school age children you may need to find extra care for them whilst you are working. Short of relying on friends, neighbours or family, vacation care programs may help fill the gap to keep them safely occupied while you are at work. Here is an overview of vacation care providers and some suggestions for alternative options for holiday care.

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Building access into caring

money_icon.jpgOne of the more nuts and bolts issues relating to caring can be the modifications required to the family home to accommodate the physical needs of the care receiver. Bathing, toileting, even moving the care receiver from their bed to the car can take on the logistics of a military exercise.   This week we feature a joint government sponsored service available throughout the state to assist working carers to improve safety and access around the home.

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