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Recognizing and Supporting the Challenges Faced by New Zealand’s Family, Whānau, and Āiga Carers

June 7, 2023 | Uncategorised

Carers play a crucial role in our society, providing essential support and care for their loved ones. However, their invaluable contributions often go unrecognized and unacknowledged. The Carers Alliance of New Zealand is taking a stand and advocating for the establishment of a Minister or Commissioner for family carers, as well as the development of protective legislation, programs, and services to sustain carers physically, mentally, and financially.

This petition aims to address the pressing needs of carers and ensure they receive the recognition and support they deserve.

Despite their immense value, carers are facing burnout, crisis, with a lack of adequate government representation. It is crucial to recognize the invaluable work they do and provide them with meaningful support.

Carers deserve equitable and adequately resourced respite systems, which would enable them to take breaks from their caregiving responsibilities. This support is essential for preventing burnout and ensuring the overall well-being of carers. Investment in their physical and mental well-being is crucial. We can help carers to adequately maintain their own well-being while caring for their loved ones.

Financial security is also a key concern for carers. Choosing to care for a family member or loved one should not condemn individuals to live in poverty. The petition stresses the importance of ensuring that carers have access to financial support and assistance, allowing them to fulfil their caregiving duties without facing financial hardship.

To understand the real-life challenges faced by carers, we turn to the inspiring stories of Rachel and Maxine. Rachel, a person with MS, sheds light on the importance of how to take care, encourage and be kind to yourself.
Maxine, a dedicated family carer, highlights the physical burdens carers often face and the importance of addressing this issue to ensure their own well-being.

Caring for the Carers: The Impact of MS on Families, offers further insights into the challenges faced by carers and the necessity of providing them with the support they require.

Please help us to care for the carers by signing and sharing this petition today.