Bass Coast,
29
July
2013
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07:19
Australia/Melbourne

Relaxing Lunch For Carers

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Over 40 carers from across Bass Coast were treated to a relaxing afternoon at a luncheon on Friday, 19 July.

The forum was hosted by Bass Coast Shire Council, together with program partners Bass Coast Community Health (BCCH) and Bass Coast Regional Health (BCRH), for residents caring for someone with dementia or chronic health conditions.

Guest speaker, Patricia Hanrahan from Aromatherapy in Action, spoke to the carers about relaxation techniques and offered some practical strategies to help carers care for themselves.

Representatives from the Council, BCCH and BCRH also spoke about services they offer to support carers in our community.

Guests were then treated to a relaxing hand, shoulder or neck massage from local massage therapist, Tina Leonard, and enjoyed a light lunch.

Planned Activity Group (PAG) Coordinator, Libby Diprose, said Council also received some encouraging feedback on how it can better support carers in their roles, and the types of respite support that best meet their needs.

“Carers spoke openly about what was important to them in their caring role. They felt time away from the person they care for was important, yet they were also interested in being involved in supported activities with the person they care for,” Ms Diprose said.

“Carers also wanted support from other carers either in a small group or by attending outings, activities and workshops together, and came up with many possibilities of what they would like to participate in such as cooking, craft, tai chi, yoga and other stress reduction techniques.”

Council is now looking at what it will be able to offer carers as a result from the feedback received at the carers’ session and will provide feedback to those who attended.

For more information on support for carers please contact, Libby Diprose on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or email l.diprose@basscoast.vic.gov.au.