We wanted to start the year off by acknowledging and thanking the carers in our community for the important and incredibly valuable work that they do.

The Christmas and New Year period is a festive and busy time for most people. For the members of our community who care for family members with additional care needs it can be an especially busy and challenging time. We recognise that often these are also the people in our community who play a big part in creating a festive, joyful and enjoyable time for those around them. Our community wouldn’t be what it is without them.

We all need regular opportunities for rest and to feel supported so that we can continue to care for and support others.

 

Carer Burnout

Unpaid carers can experience burn out and other side effects of their caring role including increased stress, increased symptoms of existing mental illnesses, increased feelings of loneliness and isolation, increased financial stress, among others. Are you the friend, family member or colleague of someone who has unpaid caring responsibilities? Here’s what you can do to support them and the warning signs to look for:

  • Irritability
  • Lacking energy
  • Loss of interest in activities they usually enjoy
  • Neglecting their own needs and health
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in weight
  • Isolating themselves

 

If you notice any of these or other signs of burnout from a carer in your life, use these helpful cards to start a conversation:

https://www.carerswa.asn.au/conversation-cards/

 

Carers WA, Carer Gateway and Dementia Australia offer a variety of resources online, as well as tips, contacts for support in many different areas such as employment, members of a couple, young carers and seniors.

https://www.carerswa.asn.au/

https://www.carergateway.gov.au/

https://www.dementia.org.au/

 

They can also help you find a support group in your area, such as our local Carer’s Craft Café support group and Dementia Carer’s Support groups in both Bunbury and Busselton locations.

 

Our Support Groups

 

Women’s Carer’s Craft Cafe

When: February 15th, 2024 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Where: South West Women’s Health & Information Centre 19 FIELDER ST, SOUTH BUNBURY (parking on Plaza Street)

Staying healthy and vibrant is as important as your role as a carer. Come and join us for a coffee or a cup of tea, cake and a chat with others in the same situation. Every 3rd Thursday, completely FREE, enjoy some relaxing chatter with the option to complete a craft activity and share a laugh or six – women only.

 

Dementia Carers Support Group Bunbury

When: February 22nd, 2024 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where: South West Women’s Health & Information Centre 19 FIELDER ST, SOUTH BUNBURY (parking on Plaza Street)

Join us for coffee, cake and a chat on the 4th Thursday of every month. This is a completely FREE group where you will receive Dementia information, peer support and a much-needed self-care break – women and men welcome.

 

Dementia Carers Support Group Busselton

When: February 5th @ 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: The Shelter Brewing Co, 11 Foreshore Parade, Busselton Foreshore

Join us on the 1st Monday of every month. Completely FREE.

 

If you are a Carer in the community, we would love to hear from you and to help you to start your year with some rest and support.

Not sure if you are a carer? Check out this helpful video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ir4C24n3eks

 

Contact Us

Opening Hours:

Monday 9am – 3pm

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 4pm

 

Resources and References:

https://www.healthline.com/health/health-caregiver-burnout#signs-and-symptoms

https://www.carerswa.asn.au/

https://www.carergateway.gov.au/

https://www.dementia.org.au/