Emergencies can happen anytime. If you are a carer, planning for emergencies will help you to cope even when things go wrong.
If you are aged 25 or under and care for someone, you may be a young carer. Young carers may get general payments available for carers.
‘Respite’ or ‘respite care’ is when someone else takes care of the person you care for, so that you can have a break. A break can give you time to do everyday activities, deal with stress and look after yourself. When you are a carer, it’s important to regularly take time for yourself to rest and recharge.
As a carer, you help the person you care for with many activities in and around the home. Understanding what you need to do and what help you can get can make your life easier.
As a carer, you have legal rights about your role and how you should be treated. You may also need to manage the legal affairs of the person you care for.
If you are a carer you may be able to get financial help from the Australian Government, depending on how much care you provide.