5 reasons why carers don’t ask for help
We know that carers cope best when they have help and support. In Australia, there are many services and supports ready to help you and the person you care for.
But we also know that many carers don’t ask for help.
The most common reasons carers don’t ask for help
In talking to carers, we have found some common themes about why carers don’t ask for help.
The 5 most common reasons that carers don’t ask for help are:
- no time – carers can find it very hard to find time to learn about services that might help them. Although things have become easier because information is now available online, it still takes time to search for what you need
- not knowing there is help – many carers simply don’t know what help is out there, or they only know one small part of what is out there. There are hundreds of services, programs and schemes available to help carers, run by government, private and community organisation
- not thinking they are a carer – many carers don’t think of themselves as a carer, just as a person looking after someone close to them. We think these hidden carers are often in the most need of support, because they don’t know they should even be looking for help
- pride – when someone needs care, it can sometimes be hard to ask for help. Many people don’t like to admit they need help. Sometimes, it is the person being cared for who doesn’t want to ask for help, because they don’t want to seem weak or needy
- privacy – some people don’t like to share their own affairs with other people. This can be especially true in regional or remote areas, where private information can spread easily.
Sound like you?
If this sounds like you, or someone you know, it’s important to realise that help may only be a click or a phone call away. Taking the time to find out more can make your life much easier.
Think about what would help you in your caring role, and explore these pages to find out what help is available.
You may be able to get:
- payments or other financial help
- someone to take over care so you can take a break
- help at home
- equipment to help you care or make your home safer
- help with transport and travel
- resources to help you plan for emergencies
- information to help you plan for the future
- advice on managing health and behaviour
- and many more.