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Do you live in a remote area of the Northern Territory and want a break from caring, without leaving your community? And would you like to find a way of getting a break that is both flexible and culturally appropriate?
Aboriginal people often live in Top End remote communities. They require services that are culturally appropriate.
Carers NT can offer various options for getting a break to suit your caring needs and your culture.
Both carers and people receiving care can receive this support.
For more information go to Residential respite
Is there another family member or friend who can look after the person you're caring for, while you have a break?
Carers NT can offer you flexible options.
NOTE - click on the link for Top End Aged and Disability Services contacts.
For more information Contact Carers NT Darwin on 1800 200 422, or Carers NT Katherine on 08 8971 2766.
The Troopy program is a Responsive Respite Service and is funded as an ongoing program by the Commonwealth Dept of Health and Ageing to provide a greater level and range of culturally appropriate services to Aboriginal Family Carers on the remote communities of the Northern Territory.
It is also there to increase the level of awareness of Carer issues. It services the Top End and Katherine Regions and provides respite to indigenous carers on remote communities and islands.
Other service providers can also use the Carers NT Troop Carriers to deliver services on the communities, such as HACC programs or Mental Health Service Programs.
What makes the Troopy Programs Successful?
The Troopy Program is so successful because it is coordinated and delivered on remote communities by an existing remote community Service Provider. This person has the knowledge of all the Stake holders and respite needs of that community.
The service provider and community are empowered to deliver respite in a flexible and culturally appropriate way to suit the needs of the family Carers and Care recipients on that community. All stakeholders are consulted as to how and what respite options they would like on their community.
Most importantly it allows many carers to have the culturally suitable respite on their own lands that they want. E.G.
Fishing, hunting, gathering, ceremony attendance, camping and visiting family.
The Troopy program increases the level of awareness of Carers on the community and their access to ongoing services Family Carers are better supported by their local service providers, and this reduces the need to send the care recipient away to town for respite and potentially, permanent admission to an urban facility such as a nursing home.
Many Aboriginal Carers and care recipients are very reluctant to leave their own lands because of cultural and language barriers.
The program is cost effective as usually the only other option is to bring the care recipient into a major town to a nursing home facility which is very costly; involving flights, accommodation and support while in town.
At present, respite options on remote communities are very limited but slowly improving...
The Troopy Program and Mental Health Troopy Program are very important for Carers who do not have regular respite services, but it can’t always be there on short notice as it has to be shared by a lot of communities. The Troopy Programs provides an important opportunity to access the hidden Carers on these communities, which Carers NT can then help throughout the year; because stakeholders know what other services are available.
It is also raises awareness of Carers needs and can be a springboard to develop other community based respite options.
Contact Carers NT Darwin on 1800 200 422, or Carers NT Katherine on 8971 2766.
Do you need a break from looking after an elderly person, and you live in a remote community?
Is the person you're caring for reluctant to leave their own lands because of cultural and language barriers?
Contact Carers NT to find out when the next Mobile Respite Camp is in your area.
Where possible Carers NT works with existing supports and service providers in the communities to deliver this service. The responsible service provider identifies the carer and carer recipients, and then, through negotiation and consultation with the carers, a program is developed and implemented to provide the aged care recipients with the appropriate overnight flexible respite.
Contact Carers NT Darwin on 1800 200 422, or Carers NT Katherine on 08 8971 2766.