There are over 2.6 million carers in Australia who voluntarily provide care and assistance to a family member, friend or someone else who is frail aged, has dementia, a disability, mental illness or a medical condition (including terminal or chronic illness).
Carers do not necessarily have to live with the person they care for and can help with all types of support. The role for each person will be very different for each unique situation. A carer may help the person they care for with daily activities such as showering, dressing, toileting and administering medication as well as other tasks such as shopping, housework, transport and appointments.
Carer Support Services assists informal carers through the provision of information, education and resources, planning and coordination of flexible respite options, referral to other service and support to carers to manage their own health and wellbeing.
We also provide services for older people with care needs, and their carers, via our Employed Carer and Hospital to Home Programs. Fees apply for these programs.
Carer Gateway is an Australian Government initiative that delivers new, improved and expanded services to carers across Australia. FamilyCare has partnered with seven health and social support providers, led by Merri Health, to deliver Carer Gateway services across Victoria.
The Support for Carers Program provides person centered care and support services to unpaid carers of people with care needs. Support provided includes information, referral and flexible respite options to meet the needs of unpaid carers.
The Employed Carers Respite Program aims to assist carers to balance work and the caring role. The program is for carers who are supporting a person who is aged over 65 years (or over 50 years if Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander) or who has diagnosed dementia.