Centre to care for the carers
SUPPORT for carers of the Gold Coast's elderly has been stepped up with the opening of a new Commonwealth Carer Respite Centre in Robina last month.
The centre provides funding in order to give carers a break from their duties so they can attend to personal business, family commitments, go on a holiday or just take time off to enable them to recharge the batteries.
Federal Member for McPherson Margaret May officially opened the respite centre.
Ms May said it was a valuable addition to the network and important for the community as there is a lot of work for carers in the area.
"The southern Gold Coast has a high population of aged residents and the opening of the new centre will provide a helping hand to the many carers who do such a terrific job caring for the frail and vulnerable," Ms May said.
She said the new centre will provide carers with time out from the their roles, allowing them to attend to their own matters.
"They need time out to attend to other matters, other family members and above all, have time for themselves," Ms May said.
"The focus of the respite service is to support carers in their caring role and assist carers to look after their own health and wellbeing."