Carers SA Southern Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island Expands Service.

From April 2017, Carers SA will be expanding its services to provide support and services to all unpaid carers who are caring for a friend or family member with a disability, chronic illness or who is frail aged.
Carers SA Southern Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island Regional Offices opened in September 2016 and has been currently supporting family carers who care for a friend or family member who is over 65 years (or 50 years and over if of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander background). From April 2017, Carers SA will now provide support to all carers including those who care for a family member or friend who is under 65 years. This expansion was made possible through funding by the South Australian Government Department for Communities and Social Inclusion.

David Militz, Carers SA’s CEO says ‘It is fantastic that we are able to begin supporting carers who are caring for someone under the age of sixty five. We know there is a demand in the region for this service and I know our great team are looking forward to supporting those people who have been asking for support since we began providing services in the region.’

Carers SA offers a mix of support groups, education sessions, social activities, group/individual retreats and information/linkages to other services. Carers SA offers carers an opportunity to meet with people who are going through similar carer journeys and who understand some of the challenges. The activities aim to provide some time out and a break from the caring role or to develop new skills and knowledge that assist carers manage their role more effectively. Carers SA can also assist carers to navigate the new Aged Care and National Disability Insurance Scheme systems.

Carers SA also offers carers access to respite and free counselling sessions through the Advisory and Counselling Service (Freecall 1800 242 636) and contracted counsellors within the region.
Carer Wellbeing and Resilience workshops for carers who are aged 55+ will be commencing May 9th. This series of eight workshops aim to measure and build wellbeing for Carers and helps strengthen resilience skills. There are still places available for this so please contact us if you are interested in participating.

For further information and media enquiries, please contact Sue Tucker ph 8552 3173.