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Southern Cross Care Offering Much Needed Time Out for Carers
Posted by Marketing on November 13, 2015

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New social networking groups are being introduced to Southern Cross Care (WA) Inc.’s (SCC) respite and dementia services program.  The monthly support sessions offer carers of people living with dementia the opportunity to access much needed dementia clinical support, meet and connect with like-minded people and build a supportive, long-term network within their local community.

At present, over 2.9 million Australians provide help and support to a family member or friend, saving the Australian community more than $40 billion per year. An estimated 310,000 Western Australians provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who requires help due to illness, disability or frail age.[i]

Manager High Dependency and Dementia Services Janet Farrell said: “We started monthly carer support meetings to enhance emotional and practical support to informal carers of people living with dementia. It is well known that informal carers are integral to providing continued emotional support, physical assistance and practical care, and often it is all done for love. We recognise sometimes carers need to give the gift of care to themselves.

“We aim to promote the social gathering of carers of people living with dementia, enabling direct access to dementia consultants, improved social interaction and support networks in their local community. Three specialist dementia consultants will lead the free sessions and provide practical strategies, tools and resources to help carers in their daily role,” finished Janet.

The next two sessions will be held at Donovan House, 138 Lewis Road Forrestfield on the 30th of November at 4pm and Tony Quinlan Respite Centre on the 14th of December at 4pm. If you are caring for a loved one with dementia, whether you are a friend, family member or a neighbour, you are welcome to attend. To register, or to find out more, please contact Janet Farrell on 0400 628 709 or email jfarrell@scrosswa.org.au.  You are also welcome to attend without registering.

Caring for someone you love is the greatest gift you can give.  Respite support can help you continue to lead a healthy, balanced and fulfilling life while you support an older person living with dementia. If you need further information and support about respite services, contact Southern Cross Care on 1300 669 189.

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