Hello, my name is Alison.
I live in Western Sydney with my husband and my father. I have two beautiful children, a son Matthew, who is married and living overseas with his wife and three children. And I also have a daughter, Jane, who has just had another baby here in Sydney. Jane's partner left a few months ago, so we've been doing what we can to help. And I mean, I feel as though that I'm being the unpaid babysitter. But I know she's going through a tough patch and that's what being a mum is all about.
My neighbour works for the local counsel and told us about day respite services, where dad gets to go to a centre and gets to meet new people. I've never heard of it before. I don't even know what it is. But anyhow, she said she could take him the two days a week, which would be great because then I can help Jane out with the children while making sure dad is being after looked during the day.
They said it's important to still take time for me. I can't care for anybody else if I'm not caring for myself. My father was quite hesitant about this at first. I don't think he's ready to admit that he is getting older and needing more help. He is a very proud man. But Jane spoke to him and he, thankfully, agreed. We are now on the waiting list for a place, but it's nice to know there are some options coming up for us.
Right, my break's over. Time to get back.