Rosa* has been caring for her family at home for over 35 years looking after both of her parents living with dementia and her adult son who has mild cerebral palsy.
Rosa’s parents began attending the Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra’s (MCCI) multicultural dementia social support group in Cringila five years ago and now Rosa attends MCCI’s culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) carer support group.
“I don’t think people really understand how busy I am - I have no time for myself,” Rosa said. “I go to the group, not to talk about my personal business, but to learn from others also caring for their loved ones.”
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MCCI organises carer support groups in multiple languages run by experienced bilingual facilitators. Each group program is tailored to provide a culturally meaningful and valuable experience. Carers are invited to take a break, share their stories and receive practical advice and skills about caring.
“Attending the carers group is a release for me, it makes me realise I am not alone,” Rosa said. “We learn and share tips in our own language.
“We talk and talk and talk. Sometimes we talk too much! We laugh a little and sometimes we cry a little. Our facilitator also organises a range of activities and resources to help us.”
Contact MCCI on 4229 7566 for more information about carer support groups or download a timetable at www.mcci.org.au.
*not real name