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26 October 2015

Helping carers stay healthy

Taking two hours a week, for six weeks, to attend a course about maintaining her wellbeing seemed like an indulgence to Pat.

Helping carers stay healthy

Taking two hours a week, for six weeks, to attend a course about maintaining her wellbeing seemed like an indulgence to Pat.

She felt guilty for taking time off when her husband, Elisio, needed her. Besides, she didn’t consider herself a ‘carer’ – even though that was what she was doing, because Elisio has dementia.

“When you love someone, you just do what needs to be done. That’s what you sign on for,” said Pat.

“I was reluctant to do the course for carers at Latrobe Community Health Service. But I learnt that looking after my own wellbeing benefits everyone – especially Elisio.”

Tracey Arnold, a coordinator for carer programs at Latrobe Community Health Service, said many carers felt the way Pat did.

“You give a lot of yourself when you care for someone, but you can’t continue giving when you are unwell or emotionally drained,” said Ms Arnold.

“But after they attend our course for carers, many people have told us how useful it is and how it has helped them become better carers, because they learn to put themselves first.”

The next six-week course for carers begins in January 2016 and will be held in Morwell. Please phone Tracey Arnold in carer programs on 1800 242 696 for more information or to register your interest.