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Caring, thriving and becoming more resilient

Published On: 10 December 2020Categories: News

Nita is a busy woman, being full-time carer for her daughter Teaghann and her grandson David.

Recently, she joined Carers Queensland’s Adult Resilience program in Rockhampton wanting to gain skills that will help her in her caring role and taking care of herself.

Through the Adult Resilience program, carers are provided with information about additional services offered within the community.

Nita was excited to learn that being an Aboriginal person over the age of 55 years makes her eligible for support services with My Aged Care.

With that in mind, Carers Queensland’s Adult Resilience Facilitator, Rhiannon arranged a visit from a local Aged Care representative to one of the program sessions for everyone to learn more about what services were available.

After the presentation, Rhiannon discussed with Nita the areas where she required the most support, so she could register her details with My Aged Care.

A few days later, they conducted an assessment at home and she had the opportunity to discuss the supports she needed.

The assessment determined Nita’s eligibility to receive assistance under My Aged Care- Commonwealth Home Support funding in different areas, including:

  • Lawn mowing (monthly)
  • Home Maintenance (when needed)
  • Domestic Assistance (fortnightly)

They also helped Nita link in with local businesses available to provide the services.

“I’m very excited about it. I’m getting a bit more help and these supports really make a difference for me and my family,” she said.

Nita shared her good news with the Adult Resilience group and discussed with her peers the benefits of having such support in place.

Adult Resilience is a FREE program that supports carers (of children aged birth to 12 years) to develop skills to cope with stress and hardship, focus on self-development and the importance of self-care.

Drawing from the Friends Resilience program, which uses evidence based strategies to prevent anxiety and depression, while promoting resilience in families, schools and communities.

Adult Resilience is delivered in the Capricorn Region (Rockhampton Regional and Livingstone Shire Council areas) and run by accredited and experienced facilitators.

The Communities for Children Facilitating Partner Initiative Capricorn is funded by the Australian Government and facilitated by The Smith Family.

For more information on the program contact us on  07 3900 8100 or email iaam@carersqld.com.au

Photo caption: Nita with Adult Resilience Program Facilitator, Rhiannon in Rockhampton.