Caring is a rewarding experience, but it can also be very demanding. Sometimes carers also need help and support.
What do carers do
Each care situation is unique. Some carers need to assist with tasks of daily living, and spend their days feeding, bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring or administering medications. Others care for people who are fairly independent but need supervision or help with their finances and transport. Carers also provide emotional support day in and day out for some of the most vulnerable, isolated members of our community.
Carer counselling and advisory services
The National Carer Counselling Program (NCCP) provides counselling and related emotional and psychological support services for carers, in order to reduce carer stress, improve carer coping skills and facilitate continuation of the caring role. Short-term counselling is available from qualified counsellors on issues that are specific to carers’ needs. In South Australia this service is provided through Carers SA, tel. 1800 242 636. Carers SA also provides the Care Advisory Service in South Australia.
Carers Week is a time to acknowledge the work of Carers and to recognise the contributions they make to the community. Carers Week also provides an opportunity for carers to get together throughout Australia to share experiences and to celebrate.
Carer Gateway is a national online and phone service that provides practical information and resources to support carers. The interactive service finder helps carers connect to local support services. Tel 1800 422 737
South Australia Government’s Office for Carers
The Office for Carers, established in the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI), administers the SA Carers Recognition Act 2005 and aims to improve the focus and response of government to the issues of carers. It works alongside other Government departments and divisions within DCSI to implement the Carers Recognition Act.
Beyond Blue Guide for Carers
Beyond Blue have created a guide which offers helpful advice and tips about caring for others and caring for yourself. Click here to download a copy.