Australian has a wide range of support for carers, including counselling, equipment, help at home or respite care. But one of the most common complaints from carers is that it can be hard to know where to get the help you need.
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'Self preservation is essential. You have to step back sometimes, even if it’s just for a small amount of time.'
‘I have found caring can be done long-term, it can be done well. But it is done best when it’s shared.’
You will probably need to talk with different organisations to see what they offer and whether they can help you. Remember - help is always available in an emergency.
We can’t say exactly what you might pay for respite, because it depends on who provides the care, the length of time involved, and the sort of care.
Getting respite care to suit you depends on:
Caring for someone can be physically and emotionally tiring. It’s OK to want some time for yourself, and taking a break allows you to reduce your stress and recharge.
‘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.
Emergencies can happen anytime. If you are a carer, planning for emergencies will help you to cope even when things go wrong.
As a carer, you’ll often put the needs of the person you care for before your own needs. It’s OK to look after yourself too.