This week is National Carers Week – a time to recognise and celebrate the 2.65 million Australians who provide care and support to a family member or friend. We recently caught up with two members of our Consumer Advisory Network, Ben Gruter and Christine Tripp, husband and wife, to find out what this week means to them.
Christine: Tell us about your role as a carer
Balance is the key issue. In the role of carer, wife, mother and grandmother it’s important to ensure you can fill all roles and enjoy the joys of life. My husband became disabled 9 years ago. We had a very different path planned. Now we have a different path – one we both happily work towards as a strong team.
Christine: What does being a carer mean to you?
Caring for me is important – not only for my husband and family, but support and care for other friends in the disability community. We have made many new friends and feel it has enriched our lives.
Ben: With this week being National Carers Week, what message would you like to share with the carers in your life?
During this Carer’s Week I would like to thank all the carers who make my life possible. I especially wish to thank my wife and other members of my family for their care, love and support. I truly appreciate the sacrifices they continue to make to ensure that my life is as comfortable and fulfilling as possible.
Learn more about Ben and Christine, and our Consumer Advisory Network, here.