Family carers pound the pavement

FAMILY carers from across southern Tasmania took to the pavement during Carers Week (16-22 October) to get some fresh air and show their support for the unpaid profession.

Beginning at Cornelian Bay, New Town and ending with a barbecue luncheon, the “Ks for Carers” event was aimed at bringing carer support groups together to walk several kilometres, celebrate the work each person does and “spread the word”.

Carers Tasmania chief executive officer Janine Arnold said family carers made a huge contribution to society, providing care and support in the home for people with physical disability, mental illness, chronic conditions or illnesses and the frail aged.

“Being a family carer can involve a range of support being provided to the care recipient including emotional support, assistance with personal care, decision making, delivery of medicine and the general running of the household,” Ms Arnold said.

“For some carers, this is not a role that is taken on from time-to-time, but can be a total commitment, day after day, year after year.

“It’s the sort of commitment that can render the carers themselves in need of support and that’s why organisations such as Carers Tasmania exist.”

For more information about Carers Week, visit www.carersweek.com.au.

Caption: Carers Tasmania services and programs manager Rachael Williamson with family carer Lorna Peters at the Ks For Carers walk at Cornelian Bay.

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