We are continually gathering stories from working carers. These stories provide an insight into the experiences of other working carers and provide a source of inspiration and support for us all.

Here is our list of working carer stories. We will continue to add more stories as they become available so keep checking this page.

Parents fear letting their adult son go shopping

Allan is a young adult with autism and epilepsy. Veronica and Carl, his parents and working carers, long to see him have an independent life but live in fear of his vulnerability in a community that does not understand mental health or disability issues.

They worry his quirky and socially inept behaviours may cause him to be reported to the police – and that he may be harmed by officers not trained well enough to realise he is not a threat – not realising he is just a young man with disability, struggling to understand what is happening, and not knowing how to communicate with them.

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Stroke leads Vanessa to working carer role

Vanessa’s husband Greg collapsed while mowing the lawn – eventually leading to her becoming a working carer.

On the fateful day when Greg was mowing the grass, he thought he was just dehydrated in the heat of the day, so he had a glass of water and a dip in the pool. Feeling better, he went back to finish the mowing, whereupon his right leg gave way and he tumbled over in a giddy spin.

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Karen cares for her younger sister

Karen runs a busy hair salon in Sydney’s western suburbs by day and at night cares for her sister.

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Sharlene inherited someone else’s mum

As an unmarried mum with two kids, Monica was always well supported by her own mother, Grace.

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Dad’s at home while Elizabeth is interstate

George calls himself a ‘COLB’, which he says is short for ‘cranky old Luddite bugger’

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