Why we can’t forget to care for the carers

Caring for a loved one at home who is living with dementia is a 24/7 job. It comes from the heart. But it also involves significant sacrifice, and often the wellbeing of the carers can suffer.

Bernie is a full-time carer looking after his wife who is living with dementia. His loving commitment to caring for her means that unfortunately he rarely gets a break. This is a common story. Carers can often find themselves with little time for anything else but their loved one.

For people like Bernie, they often just need time to relax, spend time with others, and process what their loved one is going through. Without a break, their constant mode of ‘always on the go’ can take its toll. Sadly it’s not uncommon for the health and wellbeing of carers to suffer as a result.

Amanda, Manager of HammondCare’s Lucinda Respite Cottage, has long had a passion to change this. She wants to make it possible for wonderful carers like Bernie to have some downtime and the opportunity to recharge.

She says: “My hope is that for just a moment in the middle of all of this, we can give carers a pause and spoil them. To let them know they are appreciated, special and definitely not alone.”

We are excited to announce that thanks to the generous gifts of our supporters this is now a reality. HammondCare is hosting our first ever carers retreat. Carers will be treated to a mini-break, while their loved ones are cared for in our respite cottage. For a change they will be the ones receiving the care. They will enjoy a comfortable and relaxing venue, delicious meals made for them, and a surprise treat or two.

Most importantly, they will also have the opportunity to spend time talking with other carers who understand the ups and downs of looking after a loved one who is living with dementia.

Our respite service is a part of our HammondCare At Home service which provides best-practice in-home aged and dementia care, as well as overnight and day respite cottages.

Amanda says: “Carers work so hard, and ask for nothing in return. I am so excited to finally see them relax and enjoy this special retreat – they truly deserve it.”

If you would like to support our respite cottages, please visit our donation page.