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0.3 Being a carer

Becoming a carer will change your life in many ways. While caring brings many challenges, it can be an extraordinarily rewarding experience; knowing you have helped someone who needs you and that you’ve made a difference to their quality of life. It can also give you a sense of purpose at a difficult time, and allow you to grow and develop new skills.

We’re here to help you when you have questions or have difficult and complex feelings. For example:

  • You are likely to have contact with various parts of the healthcare and social support systems – we can help you navigate these and make them work for you
  • You might find it hard to balance your social life and start to feel isolated – speak with our counsellors or social workers
  • Working or studying may become too difficult – you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Department of Human Services (Centrelink)

There are plenty of other support options available we can direct you to.

Write down your feelings and questions. You might feel better once your questions are answered. Talk to your carer support group.

Role of a carer

Each caring role is different and can last for a short time or a longer time.

What you do as a carer depends on the needs of the person you are caring for and what you can do.

It’s very important to recognise what your role entails so that you can get the full support you need, and get access to services, information and financial assistance where possible.

Our PCSE volunteers are available to support you with some of these responsibilities and tasks.

All carers will be supported with education and information to enable them to continue providing care in the home, if that is the client’s and their wishes.

We will provide 24/7 access to specialist palliative care advice, to help carers in their role and assist them when unexpected problems arise.

There are many resources on becoming and being a carer. Refer to Resources here or ask one of our team.