Tanya has been a client of home care for thirteen years. She has atypical cystic fibrosis, which has forced her to spend most of her time in her home.
Not only that, her 19 year old son has Autism – and also requires care. And her 17 year old daughter, who has been the primary carer for her and her son, has just accepted a hair dressing apprenticeship.
But, in spite of all the struggles Tanya has been through, she’s an incredibly proud mother.
“My daughter has been the carer, but she has her own life to live – you have kids so they have a better life than you,” Tanya says.
As someone who has been involved in home care for a long time, she’s well aware of the importance of home care and home care workers.
“Home care is so important to me. Without this help, I’d have no peace of mind. With my condition, home care has meant that home care workers can help me with the physical stuff. This has allowed me to focus on raising my kids.”
Home care workers help Tanya mostly with domestic tasks, including making beds, cleaning bathrooms and kitchen.
“Because care workers were helping with physical tasks, I could focus on my kid’s education and school.”
This is time Tanya had with her children that that wouldn’t have been possible without home care.
“It means I can come and go as I please. I have a sense of well-being because I know my house is hygienic, and I can keep my kids in my house.”
And, when her children were growing, home care workers helped Tanya get her kids ready for school.
“When the kids were younger, it was harder to get things done – I was mentally exhausted all the time.”
“Home care relieves stress.”
Not only that, but because of her son’s condition, home care workers have helped ensure a high quality of life for him, too.
“Home care has helped my son remain independent and at home,” Tanya says.
Having depended on home care for so many years, Tanya is very concerned about any changes to the home care sector.
“I’m frightened we’ll lose the quality home care we have now. I’m concerned that any changes might make home care too expensive – or they might shut home care down entirely.”
“I don’t want to think about what my life would be like if I didn’t receive quality home care. What would happen to me and my son? He’s mentally disabled, and I’m physically disabled – together, we’re just one complete person. “
“Home care is cheaper than putting people in a retirement home, and it means a better quality of life because you’re at home. If home care is changed, people might consider ending their lives.”
“After all, there was a time when I was very depressed, but home care was a light at the end of the tunnel. Without home care, I’d still be depressed.”
She has one message for politicians making decisions on home care:
“We can currently enjoy a quality life because of home care. Don’t take our lives away from us.”
“Don’t make life harder than it is now.”