Dementia Care Site Map
Carer Support Services

There are many support services available to assist you as a carer.

 

While the physical and emotional demands of your role are challenging and at times over whelming, it can also be rewarding.

 

It's important to look after yourself too! So keep in close contact with your family, friends and neighbours and as much as possible keep up with the activities you enjoy.

 

 

It is important to take regular breaks and find out what help is available in your local area. You may be eligible for many services, you just need to ask!

 

Asking for assistance when you need it will benefit you and the person you are caring for and help towards a positive journey together.

 

It can be difficult to know where to start, as there is so much information available. However, there are organisations that have already done the hard work in identifying relevant services in your local area.

 

Benefits of joining a group

Support groups are made up of people with common needs and experiences. Their members help each other in many ways:

 

  • Emotional support. You may find it a relief to talk things over with people who understand the pressures of caring but are not involved with you, the person you care for or your family.
  • Practical information, tips and resources. Most support groups share information about local services and supports, medical treatments and research, or tips to help make caring easier.
  • New friends. Many carers find that the demands of caring make it difficult to keep in touch with friends and family. Regularly getting out to a support group can expand your social circle and help you feel less alone.

 

Find your nearest support group here

 

Benefits and entitlements for carers

For information regarding benefits and entitlements contact Centrelink on 132 717.

 

Legal services for dementia carers

Consult a solicitor of the State Trustee of Victoria on 1300 138 672

 

Home and Community Care (HACC)

The Home and Community Care (HACC) Program helps people stay at home and in their community. The HACC Program is a joint Commonwealth, State and Territory initiative. It funds basic maintenance and support services to help frail older people and younger people with disabilities to continue living in their community.

 

Medical conditions

The person you are caring for may have received their initial diagnosis through their doctor. If the person has not yet been diagnosed, it is advisable that they visit a G.P. as soon as possible to rule out any other medical conditions that may present in a similar way, as some of these conditions may be treatable.  

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Once a diagnosis of dementia has been given, your doctor may suggest some local services to assist you. The G.P. will most likely be the main health professional providing ongoing health care for the person living with dementia.

 

Other health services

There are many services available to assist you as a carer and for people living with dementia to stay as independent as possible. Examples of these services are as follows:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Continence Advisors
  • Transport services

 Go to Services available or service directory to find your local service.

 

Caring in the Home : handy hints

This Caring Home Website:
Handy hints for the important and unrecognised role of Carers.

 

Queensland Health: Ageing with Vitality Website

Activities that can be completed in the home