The task of caring for a person at home often falls to a close relative or a friend. It’s a complex and demanding relationship often made more difficult through a lack of understanding and support. Carers often find their life is no longer their own, their relationships are put on hold and their leisure time gradually disappears. The people most likely to know how to help and understand how you are feeling are those who have had similar experiences.
The Maranoa Carers’ Group is all about providing a safe and supportive environment for carers to have a break, take some time for themselves, and get to know others in similar situations. We meet every fourth Monday of the month, from 12pm to 2:30pm (including a light lunch), and we provide respite care for the client if needed. The Maranoa Carers’ Group provides an invaluable opportunity for participants to:
For more information about meeting dates and times, contact the Manager of Maranoa House on 03 8809 4979. If the phone is unattended, please leave your name and contact details so we can return your call as soon as possible.
“The Carer Support Group is a valuable opportunity to meet people who are in a similar situation to yourself. It stops isolation, gets you out of the house and helps form new friendships. The meetings aren’t structured; they are quite informal. On many occasions we have speakers come and chat to the group about a variety of topics, including dementia, the availability of respite or full-time care, and the finances involved. It’s also important to mention that without Faye Drummond’s management the group would not be the same. She is invaluable.”
Like most demanding jobs, being a carer comes with its own rewards and satisfactions. There are a number of opportunities to learn new skills and prove to yourself that you can meet new challenges. You can strengthen a relationship with the person you care for, and know that you have helped someone who needs it and by improving their quality of life. But the challenges of being a carer are significant, and can quickly become overwhelming if we try to ignore them.
Caring for a person with dementia is stressful, demanding and exhausting. It’s a role that doesn’t allow much time for self-care, which is why so many experience burnout. Exposure to prolonged periods of stress, as well as physical and emotional exhaustion, can leave us feeling overwhelmed and unappreciated. These are perfectly normal reactions to the role of caregiver, but that doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. There is help and support.
Respite services, such as what we offer at Maranoa House, are as beneficial to the person receiving the care as they are to the person giving it. Those with dementia are given the rare opportunity to socialise with others in a different environment and get involved in a variety of activities. For the carer, they get the invaluable prospect of ‘me time’, whether that is doing some shopping, reading a book, catching up with friends, or simply running some errands.
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