Full time family carer describes living "in a state of constant vigilance"

News 08/07/2019

The Government has announced a major overhaul of disabilities funding which will see parents and spouses paid up to $25.50 an hour to look after family members.

Under the changes, spouses and parents will be paid for looking after their disabled family members. Currently, the funding can't be used to employ a spouse.

Anne Gilbert is a full time carer for her 27 year old son and she tells Magic Talk Drive that the announcement is “long overdue”.

It would have made a huge difference to our lives had this support been available years ago.

It’s a huge cost when you’re a full time carer it restricts or takes away your ability to continue your career.

It’s very hard when you have no income or very limited income to budget.

"So on top of the pressures that you have with supporting a disabled person you have the additional pressures of wondering how are you going to pay for the roof over your head or put food on the table or pay the power bill in the winter."

"I think we have to congratulate the Government for making this progress, it’s steps in the right direction."

"It will certainly make a positive impact on the wellbeing of the carers."

If you're a full time carer you live in a state of constant vigilance.

"That’s exacerbated by financial pressures this will make a huge difference to the quality of care that you can provide."

You can listen to the full interview above.