2.7 million Australians care for someone in their family who is ageing, lives with a disability or has a mental condition, and most carers provide this support with little experience and respite. If you care for someone in your family, there is support available for you.
What is a carer?
A carer is a person that provides unpaid care and support to family members who might need assistance living comfortably and independently. Carers are an integral part of Australia’s health system and help provide a strong foundation for community support amongst the ageing and disability communities.
Where to find help
If you’re looking after a family member or loved one who is ageing or lives with a disability, there are many online resources that provide extra support, respite, advice and counselling:
Since 2015, the Federal Government has been establishing an $85 million Integrated Carer Support Service which offers tailored support to help carers manage their daily tasks, responsibilities and reduce stress.
Carer Gateway is a key resource within the Integrated Carer Support Service and provides:
- digital counselling services to help carers face daily challenges;
- an online peer support system that connects carers;
- coaching resources to assist in goal-setting and future planning;
- and educational resources to increase caring skills, knowledge and improve wellbeing.
Young Carers Respite and Informational Services
Thousands of families across Australia have young family carers and many struggle to complete their secondary education due to spending more time with their family. The Young Carers Respite and Informational Services provides respite and educational services to carers aged 18 or younger and offers advice and referrals to carers aged between 18 and 25 years.
Young Carer Bursary Plan
The Young Carer Bursary Plan, which is supported by Carers Australia, also helps young carers to complete their studies by providing financial support. If you’re a carer and aged between 18 and 25, you can check your eligibility for the Bursary Plan here.
National Carer Counselling Programme (NCCP)
No matter what kind of care you provide, the National Carer Counselling Programme can provide you with free short term counselling, emotional and psychological support services. You can find out more about the NCCP here or ring to make an appointment on 1800 242 636.
Dementia Education and Training for Carers
Over 1.2 million Australians contribute to caring for a person living with dementia. Dementia Education and Training for Carers aims to improve the livelihood of those living with dementia by increasing the skills, knowledge and understanding of carers. If you’re interested in learning more about the nature of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, you can contact the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222.
Connect with flexible, supportive respite
If you’re looking for part-time or full-time respite from your role as an unpaid carer, Better Caring can provide an array of aged care or disability support options for your loved one. By giving you the power to search and connect with independent support workers and allowing you to pay for support in a way that suits you, Better Caring gives you complete control of your loved ones’ support system.
Are you one of the 2.7 million Australians caring for a loved one? Whenever you need respite, Better Caring can offer an alternative that suits you and your family. Search for workers in your area today.
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