A carer is someone who voluntarily provides care and assistance to a family member, friend or someone else with care needs. There are approximately 2.7 million carers in Australia. This means that approximately one in eight people may be carers.
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, support and flexible respite options. This service operates throughout the West Hume region comprising of the City of Greater Shepparton and the Shires of Moira, Strathbogie, Mitchell and Murrindindi.
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.