Isolated carer struggles to get a break

I am the sole carer for my terminally ill Australian husband (78). I am also new to Australia. Being “new” brings a whole string of problems: what to do, where to go, how to fill out the staggering stack of mandatory forms etc., etc.

I have been totally isolated for the past year with no “respite break” whatsoever and with no family or friends the strain on me is unimaginable! Continue reading


Daunted by prospect of care

I am full-time carer to my wife who is in her 6th year post-diagnosis (Alzheimer’s disease).

In the past 12 months or so we have used respite care 4 times – once for medical reasons when I had surgery, and 3 times when I took short breaks from caring. Continue reading