This week is National Carers Week – which is a role that an estimated 2.7 million Australians play. However, despite the large community, carers experience loneliness, isolation and burnout at astronomical levels.
Counsellor and coach from the Benevolent Society Patty Kikos joined Hope Drive to discuss how carers can avoid burnout and a new resource to assist them – the Carer Conversations podcast.
Patty believes one of the most important ways to avoid burnout is to adjust your expectations and boundaries.
“You won’t necessarily have the capacity to show up in your professional and personal life the way you used to,” Patty said.
“It’s important to let people know that you’re less available.”
“It’s important to let people know that you’re less available,” – Patty Kikos, counsellor and coach
Patty is also the host of Carer Conversations – a podcast which shares stories, lived experience and practical tips on how to navigate caring roles more easily.
Listen to Patty’s full conversation on Hope Drive in the player above.
For more information on National Carers Week, visit their website. Listen to Carer Conversations wherever you get your podcasts.