We're helping Palliative Care Australia (PCA) develop a unique app that offers a platform for carers of a person with a life-limiting illness to create a community of care with their broader network of family and friends.
The announcement of our $50,000 community grant comes during National Carers Week (16-22 October), which recognises the need to provide support and share the load for Australia's 2.8 million unpaid carers to maintain their own health and wellbeing; a core focus of the foundation.
Providing the equivalent of $1.1 billion in unpaid care every week, carers have been identified as facing the lowest levels of wellbeing in society. Their dedication to helping others often leads to significant personal challenges, including feelings of isolation, lack of time to maintain personal, physical and mental health, as well as stress and depression.
Many people with a life-limiting illness receive care at home and carers can often experience feelings of isolation depending on the support network they can access.
PCA's app will be designed to help meet these needs, providing an easy way for carers of a person with a life-limiting illness to communicate the help that they need and offer a simple and coordinated channel for family and friends to respond. It may be providing a meal, walking the dog or running an errand for them. It may also be providing care for the sick person while their primary carer attends a meeting, a child's sporting event or takes a break.
The app is currently in the development phase, with plans for its launch next year.
For more information visit palliativecare.org.au