Carers told to plan ahead

CARERS have little time to think about the future when they face ongoing problems every day.

A Planning for the Future Forum held at the Burleigh Heads Surf Life Saving Club during Carers Week gave these selfless souls the chance to do so, while sharing their experiences.

Jimboomba's Lyn Miller, who cares for her 19-year-old son Justin, said her advice for carers going forward was to be informed.

Justin has Prader-Willi Syndrome, which Mrs Miller said was a genetic disorder that caused among other symptoms the inability to feel a full stomach.

"The brain doesn't tell the stomach," she said.

"Plus he has low muscle tone, an impaired intellect, and challenging behaviour.

"With my husband Brian and son Jake, 14, we're all carers in one way or another."

She said Carers Queensland's Cheryl Seely and Natalie Setz based at Palm Beach visited Beaudesert (near Jimboomba) for meetings once a month and encouraged other carers to go to meetings, become informed and contact Carers Queensland.

"Cheryl's an angel, she dry cleans her wings," Ms Becker-Armstrong said.

"She has such a lot on her plate and we're out there in the sticks but she and Natalie never forget us."

Contact Carers Queensland's Palm Beach office on 07 5534 2899.



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