National Carers Week, celebrated from Sunday, 15 October to Saturday, 21 October, is a special time for us here at Southern Cross Care (WA) (SCC (WA)). It’s a time when we recognise and celebrate the tireless efforts of unpaid carers and the services that support them.
Our extraordinary carer communities provide vital support to those living with disabilities, mental health conditions, chronic or terminal illnesses, or those who are of frail age.
This year’s National Carers Week theme is “A Million Reasons to Care”, a sentiment we can all connect with here at SCC (WA). Every day, we see firsthand the joy and satisfaction that comes from caring for others.
Our team is committed to providing the highest level of care, and we know that each act of kindness, each moment of companionship, and each smile shared creates a positive impact throughout our workplace and community.
“Our carers make a world of difference in the lives of our residents, clients, and the broader community,” said SCC (WA) CEO Clare Grieveson.
“There are 2.65 million unpaid carers in Australia providing 2.2 billion hours of unpaid care per year. Carers are integral to Australia’s health system and are the foundation of our aged, disability, palliative and community care systems.”
“At SCC (WA), we are proud to care for these carers and form a vital part of their wider support networks.”
For National Carers Week, we launched a campaign to acknowledge the invaluable role of carers and their support services. We invited everyone to fill in a ‘Carers Week’ sign with a message about why they are proud to be a carer or thankful to receive care. The response was inspiring.
These signs are displayed throughout our care homes and are available to view on all our digital media platforms, acting as a reminder of the impact carers have throughout our workplaces and communities.
As we continue to celebrate and raise awareness for carers, we remain committed to recognising and celebrating the vital role of our carers. Because at Southern Cross Care (WA), we understand that by caring for others, we can create extraordinary lives, every day, connected to communities.