Caring for someone in an ongoing way may take a toll on your physical and mental health.
Staying healthy is critical so you should visit your GP regularly for routine medical check-ups. You may want to discuss how you are managing in your carer role. Your GP can refer you to a variety of support services to assist.
A doctor's referral is not required to get support - you may contact the services yourself.
What types of support are there?
When thinking about support for carers, many people think only of respite. However, the demands and effects of caring are complex and you may need a combination of different supports.
Many non-respite supports specifically for carers are provided by local carer support organisations. These may vary but commonly include:
- carer support groups
- carer retreats
- counselling, in person and by telephone
- information and referral
- young carer programs.
How much will it cost?
Some support may be free, some may incur a fee according to your income and others may charge a set fee.
How often can I ask for support?
This depends on what kind of support you are seeking. For example, many social groups may run on a weekly or monthly basis but carer retreats may occur once or twice a year.
Who can I contact for support?
To find services in your area, use the carer support services search map or call the Carer Advisory Line on 1800 242 636.
Local community centres or charities may provide useful services such as social groups, counselling, legal advice or financial assistance.
For information about community services, contact your local council, community centre, or the SACommunity directory
For information about financial assistance, refer to the Money matters
If you need assistance with a language other than English, contact the Translating and Interpreting Service on 13 14 50.
What can I do in an emergency?
See the Emergency help for carers page on this site.