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eFirst August 2017
What’s life really like for carers?
Every year, Carers Queensland asks “What’s life really like for carers in Queensland?” Your answers to our Quality of Life survey help us stay on track and advocate effectively for the policies, services and recognition carers deserve.
We are keen to hear about your experiences – the good and the bad. By participating, you will be assisting Carers Queensland advocate for positive policy reform across State and Commonwealth government and industry.
Your privacy is of utmost importance, and Carers Queensland will not share any personal details about you or the person you care for.
Please share this survey with any other carers you know who might not have contact with Carers Queensland. All are welcome and we are hugely grateful to everyone who takes the time to complete the survey.
Complete the 2017 Quality of Life Survey here.
Awards say “thanks for understanding”
It’s a wonderful feeling when someone demonstrates that they understand your role as a carer – and even better when they go out of their way to help you. These small gestures and attitudes are what the Carer-Friendly Business Awards are all about.
It’s the hairdresser who closes the shop to give personalised service to a child with autism. Or the butcher who delivers because he knows you can’t get out that often. It could be the support worker or service provider who makes you feel like a person, not a “client”. Or the employer who provides flexible hours and time off for medical appointments.
Say “thank you” to those special people by nominating them in the Carer-Friendly Business awards. Entries close August Wednesday 16 August, entry form and details here.
Moments of self
At Carers Queensland, we know how hard it can be for carers to find even a few moments to themselves. But we also know the importance of rest, relaxation and re-connection – even if it’s only for five minutes.
Our Me Time photo competition is about celebrating these moments, and so far we have received some fantastic entries. From unique hobbies to family traditions, sunsets, bike rides and the backyard, carers have shared all the different ways they find a moment of peace.
It’s not too late to send in your entry, the competition is open until Tuesday 15 August. Find out how here.
Transport subsidy scheme
Good news: The Queensland Government has announced it will provide the Taxi Subsidy Scheme (TSS) ‘in-kind’ for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants.
This will involve the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) reinstating TSS for former members who had their TSS cancelled because of a transition to the NDIS and also ceasing the cancellation of TSS memberships for people who are yet to transition to the NDIS.
To find out more: http://www.qdn.org.au/…/transport-subsidy-scheme-update.aspx
Get Appy! Helpful new apps for Carers
If you live in Brisbane or are visiting the city, be sure to download Access 4000, the first app in Australia to provide information on Brisbane venues and infrastructure with disability access features like ramps, disabled toilets and disabled parking. Users can search by venue name, category or accessibility features. This app will help people with disabilities or anyone with accessibility needs feel more informed, confident and prepared when travelling around Brisbane.
Another helpful app is DIYmodify. Funded by the Department of Family and Community Services, this app helps you make decisions about purchasing five common home modifications including grab rails and handheld showers. According to researchers from UNSW, Home modifications can postpone going to an aged-care facility by five to 10 years. Creators of DIYmodify say the app takes away a lot of the confusion about which products you need, and will save you money.
Find both on the App Store or on Google Play.
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