Are you caring for a brother or sister? 10 ways to make your life easier

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Explore our 10 tips about what you can do to make life easier if you are a carer looking after your brother or sister.

1. If you are at school, talk with your school, university or training centre about ways they can help you

As a carer, you may be able to find ways to catch up on missed work, or to get later deadlines for assignments.

2. If you are working, talk with your employer

You can talk with your employer about your caring role and what changes might help you, such as earlier or later start times, or working from home.

3. Explore the payments you may be able to get

You may be able to get a Carer Allowance, Carer Supplement, or other payments for families, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, or young carers.

4. Get a Companion Card

If the person you care for has a significant, permanent disability, you can get a Companion Card to help them to go to events or travel on public transport. The person with disability will pay for their own ticket, but you may be able to get a free second ticket as a carer. You can apply for a Companion Card from your state or territory.

5. Find out about other carer concessions

Many organisations offer carers cheaper tickets for things such as events and travel (for example, Hoyts offers a carer discount and Qantas offers a carer concession card). Visit the Carers Australia state and territory websites to search for more information.

6. Connect with other carers

You can talk with other carers who may be looking after their brothers or sisters in our online forum, or call Carer Gateway on 1800 422 737 to find a local support group.

7. Find ways to deal with stress

Sometimes living your own life and caring for someone at the same time can be stressful. It’s important to find ways to manage your stress and stay mentally healthy.

8. Make an emergency care plan

An emergency care plan has all the information about the person you care for in one place. It makes it easy for someone to take over from you in a hurry, or if you need to talk with someone such as a health care professional.

9. Find out what respite care you could get

It’s OK to take a break and have time for yourself. Respite care means someone else looks after the person you care for while you have a break. You can plan respite or get respite care in an emergency.

10. Get help at home

If you are combining studying or working with caring, you might need extra help at home. There are many services that can help you, from providing meals to cleaning and making home repairs.