Respite for carers: why it’s essential

With the very best of intentions to care for his dad in his final days, Paul quickly discovered that providing 24/7 care without a break is unsustainable.

Paul’s father, Rod, had been given a short prognosis and he and his family were eager for him to leave the hospital and return to his own home.

“The social worker at the hospital told us if we wanted to bring Dad home, we would need support while we waited for our aged care package to come through. Having not been in this position before, I had underestimated what a massive job it is,” said Paul.

“After a couple of weeks, I was fraying at the edges. Thankfully, the hospital’s social worker gave me Mingary Care’s contact details. Once I got in touch with them, they offered to fund and arrange some respite care. Those two half-days a week were an absolute godsend.”

Paul believes that being able to bring his dad home and having Mingary Care’s support when they really needed it made all the difference. Rod has defied the odds of his prognosis and has stabilised to a point where he can now live more independently.

Paul describes Mingary Care as a missing piece in the puzzle that is palliative care. #

“They know all the providers and have all the contacts. I would never have achieved the results we have on my own.”

For those who wish to receive end-of-life care at home, this can be achieved with family members supported by skilled community palliative care nurses, clinicians, support workers and general practitioners. Mingary Care is committed to providing compassionate palliative support to the Sunshine Coast community, allowing individuals to experience holistic care at home. If you or someone you know needs help, please get in touch.

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