Associate Minister of Health Jo Goodhew has launched CarersAir, a new online space for family carers to watch, listen, read, share, and learn.
CarersAir has been developed by Carers New Zealand with support from a range of public, private, and community partners, and will automatically update carers about topics of interest every time they visit the portal, saving their ‘favourites’ for regular viewing.
At CarersAir, users will be able to request Carers New Zealand’s free resource packs, and download the Government’s Guide for Carers (PDF). They will also be able to watch and learn how to care safely, or follow along to exercise and wellbeing programmes developed just for them.
CarersAir also includes ‘virtual respite’ breaks for carers who can’t physically have a break away from home, but may have time for a short filmed ‘getaway’: people watching at a Paris cafe, a seaside walk, or lying beneath a tree in the sunshine.
The name CarersAir was suggested by carers themselves: a space for them to ‘breathe’, to feel connected to others, to ‘close the hatch” and unwind.