Why caring for your carers is critical
As Australia’s population ages, an increasing number of people will find themselves – often quite suddenly – caring for a family member or friend. For many, taking care of an ageing parent, a terminally ill partner or child with disability is the most important thing they will ever do. But it can come at a cost.
1. Around one in eight Australians have an unpaid caring role1
Around one in eight Australians are ‘informal carers’, taking care of an ageing parent, a terminally ill partner or child with disability. Combining these responsibilities with paid work can be challenging, and they may choose to move into a part-time role. This can be career-limiting, with a knock-on financial impact – now, and on their super.
"Some caring can be 24/7, but other needs may be more intermittent and people can balance that informal or ad hoc need with their paid work," explains Elena Katrakis, CEO Carers NSW. "To do that, they may need time away from the office for medical appointments, or to help ageing parents with their shopping."
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