I love working with carers. And carers of carers.
I love working with creativity, self-care, nourishment and sustenance.
So I sprang into the opportunity to offer an arty self-care presentation
as part of their ‘Revitalising the Carer Conversation’ forum.
Carers. I empathise. I am one.
There are a gazillion of us, quietly (or noisily) behind the scenes, holding it all together, not necessarily identifying ourselves as carers. We provide the stitching you don’t see. Many of us barely keep ourselves stitched together.
Some carers don’t let themselves remove focus from their caree for even a day. Or a few minutes.
Caring can be Wearing. The popular representation goes like this: ‘Caring is rewarding and can sometimes be challenging’. Shhh. Between you, me and the crumbly gatepost, try this: ‘Caring is challenging and can sometimes be rewarding’.
Here are some almost-stats. I know. Unusual for me to offer something numeric.
Carers provide many billions of dollars worth of unpaid labour in Australia.
Carers are the single most unhealthy segment of the population. I find this extraordinary. Really? Apparently so.
If I wore a hat, I’d take it off to those full-time live-in carers of a disabled son or daughter or a dementing spouse or an adult child living with psychosis. These folk live round the clock with their whole entire world revolving around the cared-for person.
I could go on.
Creativity at Your Fingertips
I facilitated the carers and carers-of-carers to engage in Sacred Scribble, play with colour and