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Assistance For Older Carers Of People With A Disability

4 Nov 2010Do you care for an adult son, daughter or grandchild with a disability?

Anglicare’s Support Co ordination Program (Nepean) may be able to help you.
This service is funded by ADHC (Human Services Ageing, Disability and Home Care) to provide a Case Manager to support older parent carers who are caring for an adult son, daughter or grandchild with a disability, to maintain their caring role for as long as possible. The program aims to provide support and respite opportunities; assist with future planning; preparation for a transition from parental care and to assist carers with accessing other available support services.

According to Carers NSW, “Research shows that older parent carers are most likely not getting any help from local services and are more likely to have been caring for someone for many years without any, or very little, outside help” www.carersnsw.asn.au/Default.html?/projects/pff/pff.htm

Anglicare’s Support Co-ordination Programs regularly organise outings for carers to attend. This includes arrangement of respite for the person they are caring for. It is vitally important that carers are given an opportunity to talk to others who are experiencing similar issues as themselves in a supportive environment.

This service covers the Blacktown, Parramatta, Holroyd, Auburn, Baulkham Hills, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Penrith areas. (Please call Carers NSW if you are outside this service area and they can assist you with accessing a program closer to your home).

The criteria to access this service is to be over 60 years of age for non-indigenous carers, or 45 years of age for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander carers, and to be the carer of your son, daughter or grandchild with a disability.

Please call our office on 0247318399 or review the website http://www.anglicare.org.au/our-services/disability-and-carer-services

This service is wonderful and needs to be shared....

Being a carer can be very difficult at the best of times, but when the carer reaches a certain age, it can become even more difficult.

So, if you know of anyone who could benefit from this service, please forward them this information. It's a fantastic opportunity that not many people may know about and it will enhance the lives of countless individuals who have devoted their lifetime to their loved ones.


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