In the lead up to the festive season, Stroke Foundation is recognising the incredible role families and carers play in the lives of survivors of stroke.
There are more than 445,000 people living with the impact of stroke in Australia, many of whom require ongoing care and support, often from a loved one.
National manager of Stroke Connect Jude Czerenkowski said being a carer is a vital role, but it often goes unnoticed.
“If you know someone who provides care to a loved one, reach out and say thank-you this Christmas,” Czerenkowski says.
“Ask how they are going. Ask if there is anything you can do to help.
“It’s a simple thing, but it will go a long way.”
After a stroke, being a carer is something many people take on without hesitation.
Stroke Foundation says caring for someone is an expression of our love, respect and connection.
It’s something to be proud of, but it can take a toll. Carers can experience social isolation and financial pressure. Depression and anxiety can be an issue too.
Czerenkowski adds there is no doubt the COVID-19 pandemic has added to the pressure on carers.
“In some states, services and supports have been harder to access and the system has become more complex.
“It’s been harder for carers to look after their own physical and mental health.”
“We want carers to know we see you and we appreciate all you do.”
Czerenkowski says StrokeLine is available up until December 22, and back on deck after the break on January 6.
“Our health professional team understand the ups and downs of caring,” she says.
“They know how to navigate the health and community service system. StrokeLine is a great resource for carers.”
If you need advice or support, StrokeLine is available on 1800 787 653.