Carers play a crucial role in our community. A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to family members or a friend with a disability, mental illness, chronic conditions, terminal illness, alcohol or other drug issues or who are frail aged.
According to Carers Australia WA, 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. In Western Australia, an estimated 310,000 people provide unpaid care.
At Silver Chain, we provide support to carers in the community to ensure they are taking adequate breaks from their caring role to recharge, attend to their own affairs and wellbeing or even go on holidays. We also organise immediate support in case of any emergencies, so the carer can attend to the situation with peace of mind that their loved one is being taken care of.
Every carer’s needs are different. We work with each carer to understand how we can support them in their caring role and then act as their advocate, taking a flexible approach to respond to their needs.
Peter, a 64-year-old truck driver, knows just how important respite is. He had only just started to think about retirement when his wife Sue was involved in a car accident and sustained a serious brain injury.
“I thought of placing Sue in a nursing home but my preference was to care for her in our own home, and Sue really wanted to stay at home too. So instead I decided to leave my job and become her full time carer,” Peter said.
We respected Peter’s preference to care for his wife at home and set out to find a provider that could meet Sue’s high care needs so he could take much-needed breaks.
Silver Chain found a provider who would care for Sue and services commenced immediately, providing respite for Peter. Just a couple of months later, she passed away peacefully in her own home.
“Whilst I was so sad to lose my wife, I feel so grateful that I was able to provide the level of care Sue deserved and spend precious moments with her at home in the final months of her life,” Peter said.
All carers face challenges, no matter where they live, in caring for their loved one at home. At Silver Chain, we aim to support carers, just like Peter, in their caring role.
“I wouldn’t have been able to care for Sue at home if it wasn’t for Silver Chain. The respite they arranged for me helped make it possible.”