Twins and mum look for respite
RUTH Gregory thinks of herself more as a mother than a carer.
The soon to be 64-year-old cares for her twin sons David and Carlisle, both 43 who have marfan syndrome, epilepsy and Hydrocephalus.
Every day she supervises their medication, takes them to medical appointments, oversees bathing, makes sure they wash their hair and brushes their teeth.
"All the things a mum usually does," she said. "It's just their adults and usually I wouldn't have to do it at their age."
Ruth said it can be very tiring at times. "They're getting older, I'm getting older, I remember when they were little and it was all just part of life," she said.
"It does take more out of you."
Not being able to easily access respite is also an issue for Ruth.
"It's something the government needs to address," she said.
Carers Week 2012
CARERS come from all walks of life.
In Australia there are over 2.5 million unpaid carers providing care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, an illness, chronic condition or are frail aged.
This year's Carers Week campaign, Be Care Aware, aims to encourage people to get to know Australia's carers, who they are, what they do and how they can be supported.
Service Co-coordinator for Endeavour Foundation in Gladstone Tanya Taylor said carers have an extremely important role.
"It's also a very challenging role," she siad.
"It's providing everyday assistance.
"People who need a carer wouldn't be able to function without them,
"They are their world."
Ms Taylor said carers all over the country are in the midst of fights everyday trying to get the services they require.
"It's an everyday battle for them," she said.
Ms Taylor said she thinks the National Disability Insurance Scheme will be of great benefit to carers and people with a disability.
"It will provide more opportunities and end the battle and the fights to get the services they need."
Carers Week 2012 runs from tomorrow until Saturday October 20.
Carers Queensland is hosting a number of events across the state throughout Carers Week.
Two morning teas will be held in Gladstone as part of National Carers week.
The first will be held on October 17 from 10 at the Gladstone PCYC. For more information call Cathy Dobbins at Community Health on 4976 3130
Another morning tea will be he ld on October 18 from 10am at the Hub Gladstone. For more information call Pearl Rahme on 4979 2777.