More than 150 dentists, hygienists and support staff from 30 Lumino The Dentists dental practices across New Zealand, gave up their time in May this year to support their local communities.
This year, Carers NZ, the national body that provides information, advice, learning and support to family carers around the country, is celebrating the Year of Wellbeing, a reminder to family carers that to support others well, they need to care well for themselves.
More than 420,000 people in New Zealand are reported to be looking after a family member who is sick or has a disability. For many, this has meant a major loss of income and up to 30 hours of additional unpaid care work every week.
As you can imagine, this doesn’t leave much time to focus on your own well-being.
“Family carers are people who give a lot of their time and themselves to assist a friend or family member who has extra needs due to illness, old age or disabilities,” says Carl Sunderland, General Manager of Carers NZ.
“Many carers have had to stop paid work due to the time required to look after the person they are caring for. Self-care, such as taking time out to see a dentist and look after themselves, is a luxury for many family carers. Lumino Day was a fantastic opportunity and extra incentive for our carers to do just that and it was great to see so many of our people taking up the opportunity.”
She says: “There are a lot of parents out there that have extra demands on them due to the health of their children. That this group has been singled out as recipients of this day is amazing. I appreciated being invited to be a part of Lumino Day. There are definitely sad and difficult times being a family carer, and gestures like this just help you keep going. It was really special”.
Lumino Day, now in its fourth year, is one of the largest free dental events in New Zealand with thousands of dollars of free dental treatment given away annually.
Of partnering with Carers NZ, Lumino’s Head of Marketing, Kerry Dunphy, says: “We couldn’t think of a better organisation to partner with, or people to open our doors to.”
“We know that good oral health has a huge impact on our overall wellbeing but visiting the dentist is low on the priority list for New Zealanders, particularly for those people with major pressures on their time, such as family carers.”
The team look forward to the next Lumino Day, scheduled for May 5th, 2018.