Who are carers?
Carers are people who provide ongoing unpaid support to people who need it because of disability, chronic illness, mental illness, drug or alcohol dependency, dementia, or frail age.
There are over 850,000 carers in NSW. This includes people of different cultural backgrounds, ages, religions, genders and sexual orientations.
What do carers do?
A carer’s tasks will depend on the needs of the person they care for. Every situation is different.
Your caring tasks might include:
- preparing meals
- helping the person to wash themselves
- helping the person to get dressed
- helping the person to take their medication
- scheduling medical appointments and going with the person
- helping the person with banking and paying their bills
- doing grocery shopping
- providing emotional support
- assisting with housework.
IS THERE SUPPORT FOR CARERS?
Yes, there is support available for carers in NSW. Caring for someone you love can be rewarding, but it can also be challenging. At times, you might feel lonely, stressed and overwhelmed. So, it’s important that you get the support you need.
Carer Gateway is the national network of support services for carers. It provides in-person, online and phone services to carers across Australia.
On the website you can:
- visit the online forum to chat with other carers who understand your experience
- request a call from a professional counsellor
- Find out more about emergency and planned respite
- access self-guided carer coaching
- complete online interactive skills courses
- find financial information on carer payments, cards and concessions.
You can also call 1800 422 737 Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm to speak with a member of their helpful, Australian-based team.
The Service NSW Carers webpage provides information specific to carers in NSW, including:
- accessing services and programs in NSW
- accessing financial help via payments, concessions, professional financial advice and rebates.