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What support is available for me as a carer?

Written by Mark Acheson, Communications Partner with integratedliving

We understand that caring can be a very rewarding experience, but it's also physically and emotionally demanding. If you’re caring for someone in a rural, regional or remote area, it's important that you look after your physical and mental wellbeing.

Our respite services can provide care for the person you look after, so you can have a break. You may wish to schedule a regular service, or you may just need a once-off service to cover you for a period of time. Whatever the reason, we can help you care for your loved one while you relax or attend to other matters.

Respite care is essential, as it will keep you well so you can care for others and ensures that caring remains a rewarding experience. It’s important to realise that respite care isn’t a reflection of your capability or capacity to care for others. Everyone needs a break.

Taking some time away from caring can not only be beneficial for your wellbeing, but it can also be a positive for the person you care for. It may give the person a chance to meet new people or lead to a change in scenery.

Our carer support services can provide you with general support or specific support, such as:

  • Young carers support and information support
  • Support for carers of young people with severe or profound disability
  • Mental health respite
  • Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres
  • Education and training for carers.

Wondering how you can help your loved ones start their aged care journey? You can view our recorded Carers virtual forum below to find out more:

Have any questions?