In an ideal world, family supporters are valued and receive the support they need to continue to provide support to their disabled family member. Yet being valued for the support we give and for our contribution to society remains unrecognised by those in the position to effect changes.
Frank Gaze, a carer for many years, talks about life as an older person and draws on a range of caring situations he has found himself in over the course of his life. “Ultimately” he says “it is looking after oneself that is the most likely task we will all have.“
Margaret Pittaway, the Health and Social Development spokesperson for Rural Women New Zealand, looks at the history of support for rural carers, current challenges faced by many in isolated settings and the technology based solutions they are utilising.
My eldest brother Ollie needs a lot of help and often we miss out on sports and other activities. Sometimes people stare at us but I don’t mind, other times…
Welcome to 2017! There’s something really nice about celebrating one year and starting fresh on the next. Even though there is only one day between last year and this year, suddenly the world seems to open up with endless possibilities.
Ian Hansen was the first to arrive at today’s destination, as usual. The sun was shining, so Ian did his washing and acted as luggage handler for the group.
Just like caring, on the camino you can miss a signpost and get a bit lost!