Call for more dementia-specific respite care

A new report has called for better access to dementia-specific respite care across Australia.

Carers Australia has urged the government to increase subsidies for respite care in residential aged care facilities so that family and friend carers can take a break when required.

Other types of respite also need to be made more readily available, including cottage-style accommodation for overnight and weekend breaks, said Carers Australia’s Ara Cresswell.

Say 'thanks' to a carer

Australians are being urged to say thanks to the country’s 2.7 million unpaid carers as part of National Carers Week this week.

Carers Australia’s Ara Cresswell said carers looked after people with disabilities, mental illness, chronic conditions, terminal illnesses, alcohol or other drug issues, or who were frail aged.

“This National Carers Week we’re asking all Australians to let carers know they count by saying thanks to them for all they do, and to show their support for a carer‑friendly Australia,” Ms Cresswell said.

Carers living with disability

Almost 2.7 million Australians are informal carers and one in 10 carers is under the age of 25, new figures out this week have revealed.

In a statement marking National Carers Week, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said that results from the 2015 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers also show that primary carers are more likely than non-carers to live with disability.

“Over one-third of primary carers reported having disability themselves, compared with around one in six non-carers,” said ABS spokesperson Justine Boland.

Submission to the Willing to Work Inquiry

Greater life expectancy and improved health come with increased expectations and pressures for older people to participate longer in the workforce. While there are diverse social and economic pressures to participate in work, National Seniors believes that all Australians should be able to participate in work if they wish to do so.

Good news for low vision QLD commuters

The Queensland Government has introduced an upgraded travel pass which will allow low vision and blind commuters to travel more independently on public transport.

The upgraded permanent go access Vision Impairment Travel Pass (VITP) is an electronic card that allows the holder to ‘touch on’ or ‘touch off’ to independently open the gates at train stations and still receive free travel on public transport where eligible.

More assistance needed for those with disability

Half of Australians with a disability are not getting the help they need according to recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The data analysed 80,000 Australia who reported that they needed assistance from a formal service provider in 2012.

"In 2012 1.5 million people with disability needed formal assistance from an organised service provider for at least one activity of everyday living, such as self-care, communication or mobility," said Michelle Ducat from the ABS.

Discrimination in employment

A national inquiry into employment discrimination against older Australians and people with a disability is looking for people to share their experiences.

The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) will be conducting consultations in every capital city and some regional centres between now and November 2015 as part of The Willing to Work: National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination Against Older Australians and Australians with a Disability.

Australians living without disabilities for longer

Australians are living longer with more years free of disability, a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) says.

Between 1998 to 2012, male life expectancy at birth rose from 75.9 years to 79.9 years – a gain of four years, while female life expectancy rose from 81.5 years to 84.3 years, a rise of 2.8 years, said AIHW spokesman Mark Cooper-Stanbury.

Ageing carers have little support

A new study shows that many parent carers aged over 60 and caring for a son or daughter with a disability, are looking after them without a transition plan and with little support.

Anglicare Sydney said that four out of five carers surveyed were concerned about who would look after their adult children when they were no longer able to do so but only 10 per cent had received assistance with transition planning.

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