Mareika Holmes at the Community Hub, Buller Street, Gladstone on Tuesday.
Mareika Holmes at the Community Hub, Buller Street, Gladstone on Tuesday. Jen Tybell

Carer depends on 'support network'

WITH services in Gladstone stretched, Mareika Holmes finds being a carer emotionally, socially and financially draining.

“I have been a carer since the diagnosis of my son seven years ago,” Ms Holmes said. “I have also been caring for my daughter for five years. It affects every aspect of my living. I've learnt many things monitor mental health and my children's wellbeing.”

She finds herself appreciative of those around her when times become stressful.

“When I become overwhelmed I depend on my support network; family, friends and services in Gladstone, including respite, disability services and counselling services,” Ms Holmes said.

As a carer of two children with disability, Mareika is constantly seeking the latest in information and treatments to assist her and her children. She believes there is a need for a greater variety of medical practitioners within the area.

“We need qualified specialists who understand disorders.” With her own children growing up, Mareika is aware that more people are discovering their children have disabilities, and will need to be a greater level of services required.



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