Carer Support Services
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 some Commonwealth Home Support Program services for eligible older people and their carers. A small contribution applies for these programs.