A better way to look after carers
Many people in South Australia are caring for a loved one. This valuable role often enables people to live at home rather than in an institution. This is not only a great benefit to the person being cared for, but also reduces the load on public services. Being a carer often involves a huge personal sacrifice that goes unrecognised. Carers themselves are vulnerable to stress and health issues.
The Greens recognise the valuable role of carers in society and believes there is a better way to look after them.
The Greens will:
- Significantly increase respite options for carers to help them cope with their responsibilities;
- Improve programs, concessions and subsidies for carers to help them fulfil their roles and meet the extra costs of providing care, including help for young carers, retro-fitting homes and help with utility bills; and
- Develop cross-departmental programs to support young carers, both with their education and in maintaining their health and social relationships.