Tips on finding the right support if you’re living with chronic illness

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Mable is an online platform that’s redefining support for disability and aged care in Australia by connecting people seeking support with independent support workers looking to provide it. But it’s not just ageing Australians and those living with disability that are finding flexible, affordable support engaging support workers directly. If you or a loved one are living with illness, or recovering from major surgery, you can also engage people to support you via the platform. Here’s how it works.

You may have already begun to see the familiar yellow flowers about town, marking the return tomorrow of Daffodil Day. For many years the symbolic fight against cancer, the day brings attention to the thousands of people living with the disease in Australia today – many of whom require the support of family and friends as they tackle the disease.

As reported in the ABC, nearly 50 percent of Australians today have a chronic condition, including things like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, asthma, mental health and dementia. Many of these are long-term conditions and while not all people with the conditions will require support in their day-to-day life, many do. According to The Citizen, many of these people are living with ‘invisible’ disabilities such as chronic pain and fibromyalgia, which fall out of the scope of the NDIS. The scheme is not designed to cover people with health as opposed to disability issues and in these instances, responsibility for support often falls on the shoulders of unpaid family carers.

Respite only a click away

Many Australians living with a chronic illness and their family members are turning to Mable to find affordable respite and the support they need at home. And often, they don’t have to look any further than their own neighbourhood. Mable’s community of independent support workers not only include experienced disability and aged care workers, but also allied health professionals and registered nurses. It also includes regular people from a range of backgrounds who offer social and domestic support to people in their community.

You can sign up and start searching for free in three easy steps:

Step 1: Sign up and search

You can sign up for free, and start searching for available independent workers in your area. Our advanced search filters mean you can search based on criteria that’s important to you. 

Need a nurse who can assist with managing your medication? You can narrow your search to those who have the right qualifications. Looking for someone who can provide you with transport to doctor’s appointments, who also has a good sense of humour? You can search for that, too. Interested in engaging someone who can help with the cooking, and who’s happy to take your dog for a walk? You can find them as well.

Step 2: Connect

You can select the independent workers you might like, and contact them directly via the platform to get to know them better. You agree rates, hours and services that work for you both.

If you need support fast, you can post a job which will be sent to all relevant, available independent workers providing support directly to clients in your area.|

Step 3: Pay online and get the support you need

Only pay for the hours you receive, at a price agreed between you and your support workers or health professional. Once you’ve agreed on an hourly rate, you only pay this rate plus a 5% Mable platform fee.

Mable clients include people who are receiving long-term, ongoing support from a team of independent workers on the platform, as well as people just looking for one-off help following major surgery. In fact, support can look like just about anything. You can get an idea by looking at some of our recent requests of the week.

See who’s offering support in your local area, even before you sign up. Click through here to enter your postcode.