Taking on the role of carer can happen unexpectedly, and Department of Human Services employee Kym is familiar with the personal strength that is needed to move forward when this happens.
Over 15 years ago, Kym’s daughter Tara acquired a brain injury at a party when a bouncy castle she was playing in flew away and landed in a parking lot. One child died at the scene, while others sustained various injuries.
Acquired brain injury, also referred to as ABI, refers to any type of brain damage that occurs after birth.
“Tara is now an adult, and the injury has impacted her confidence and executive decision making skills,” Kym said.
“Since the accident, a lot has changed for our family – our relationships with others, as well as our ability to make plans for the future.”
Working full-time and being a carer was unexpected for Kym, and she works hard to focus on a meaningful future for her and her family.
“It can be a balancing act at times, but the department has really helped by being so supportive and flexible,” Kym said.
“Having a sense of direction is important.
“Tara is now working towards creating her own business in jewellery making, and is looking into further study.
“While it’s been a really difficult journey at times, I’m so grateful to see how far Tara has come.”
Kym is one of about 2.7 million carers across our country making a valuable contribution to our communities.
National Carers week runs from 15-21 October 2017 and gives all Australians the opportunity to learn about carers and caring in Australia.