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Time Out for special carers at Jells Park

Friday 9 November, 2012

A group of special carers enjoyed a much needed break in Jells Park recently. The group of twenty six are all involved in caring for people who have acquired brain injury as a result of things like road accidents and strokes, or neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis.

The day was organised by Brainlink, an organisation that provides support, information and advocacy for carers of people with acquired brain injury.  

“The purpose of the park visit was to give this group a respite break from the heavy demands and stresses of their caring roles. Getting out into a park and having the day to themselves in a beautiful natural setting is a rare opportunity for these carers,” says Karen Jorgensen from Brainlink.

Parks Victoria Ranger Vanessa Bluett took the group on a leisurely tour of the park and lake, explaining the environmental aspects of the park, and the role and responsibilities of a park ranger.

 “It was great walking through the park and around the lake with this group, answering their questions and sharing their enjoyment of being able to explore at their own leisure. They said it was so much more relaxing to be doing something outdoors for a change.”

Karen Jorgensen says the social aspect of these days is also important for these groups. “It’s a chance for them to talk and share information with others in the same situation, something they don’t often get the chance to do face to face.”  

The group had lunch in Madeline’s restaurant in the park and then spent the afternoon strolling and enjoying the freedom from responsibility for the day. In cases where constant care is needed Brainlink covers the cost of respite care for the day.

The carers visit to Jells Park was part of a partnership program between BrainLink and Parks Victoria and was funded through the Healthy Parks Healthy People Active in Parks Program.

For further information contact BrainLink on  03 9845 2960.

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