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Caring for Carers

There are currently 245,000 South Australians who identify as carers.

The recent impact of COVID-19 and the restrictions put in place have made taking a break from a caring role more difficult and many carers may be overlooking their own wellbeing.

While the ECH Short Stay Respite Centre continues to help the carers in our community, Carers SA offers advice on how carers can be better supported.

“Isolation has had a big impact,” says Libby Ferguson, Carer Support Planning Manager for Carers SA. “Within the period of total lockdown, it was quite confronting for many carers. Carers have been restricting themselves from going out – even to the shops – for concern of potential virus contact. It’s really important for carers to be able to take a break, which they might not have felt able to do recently.”

Short Stay Respite gives carers the opportunity to maintain their own identity beyond their caring role, while knowing that their caring duties are being covered. However, it doesn’t always have to mean overnight care. It might simply be a few hours to have a coffee with friends, go to appointments or run errands. There is also an option for at home respite where a staff member comes directly to your home and provides care.

ECH Day Programs also offer carers the opportunity to take a well earned break. The person you care for can attend the Day Program while you are at work, attending an appointment, taking some quality time for yourself or spending the day with family or friends.

ECH has four conveniently located Day Programs that offer a range of activities such as gardening, cooking, music, arts and craft.

Carers SA work with ECH to help clients, and those supporting them to look after the mental and physical wellbeing of all involved.

Carers can be supported by a variety of services – from counselling to help them come to terms with a diagnosis and the role they’ll play, to in-person peer support where carers can meet with other carers and learn from each other’s experiences.

To find out more about Carer Gateway, contact Carers SA on 1800 422 737 or visit their website

Want to know more about the ECH Short Stay Respite Centre?

The ECH Short Stay Respite Centre has been designed to meet the needs of people living with dementia or cognitive decline by combining professional care, modern accommodation and a range of daily activities.

The centre provides year-round 24- hour care from trained staff, and guests can take part in activities such as gardening, music, arts and crafts.

For more information about Carer Support please call ECH on 1300 275 324.