...Someone living with a Mental Illness?
Caring for a person living with a mental illness can be unsettling and stressful, and you may feel like you’re ‘treading on eggshells’ every day. Even when they’re well, you can still feel like you’re just waiting for those hard times to start again.
Talking to a carer support worker, to Other Carers who have a similar experience, can help you get through those times, provide some ideas of what works and what doesn’t, and help you find out what support is out there for you and the person you care for.
As well as specific Mental Health carer events and information, at Carers’ Link you can also access general carer activities and resources.
Being a Carer can have a big impact on your own physical and mental health, and it’s important for you to maintain a sense of well-being while you care. Sometimes, it’s just good to talk confidentially about how you are going, even if you think nothing can change.
...Someone who is frail or aged?
Caring for someone who is frail aged can be a worrying time as more responsibility for the health, nutrition, safety, medication and living environment of this person is placed on the carer. Carers in this situation are also likely to be caring for their own immediate family and have work commitments and other social obligations. Carers may find themselves struggling to juggle the demands on their time and energy, and struggling to make decisions because of this pressure and because of various family relationships.
Added to this is the prospect of having to make major life changing decisions with and for the person you care for such as where they are best supported, whether in their own home, someone else's home or a residential facility, and what is the best way to treat and manage chronic illnesses that arise as we get older, etc.
At Carers and Disability Link our carer support workers are there to provide you with someone to talk to who will listen without judgement, who will support you when working through important decisions, and who can help you to find the information and resources you need. We want to help you maintain your own physical, mental and emotional wellbeing to allow you to continue in your caring role and make these important decisions.
We can also help you to access respite by providing a trained worker to be with the person you care for so that you can have a break, and opportunities to participate in carer activities and groups.
...Someone living with Memory Loss?
Are you caring for someone with increasing memory loss, and/or changes in their thinking and behaviour?
Memory loss or changes in thinking can be due to a number of things such as:
- normal ageing
- pain or chronic illness
- medication or alcohol, or
- it may be an early sign of dementia
No matter what the cause is for the loss of memory or changes in thinking, we understand that this can have a big impact on your life.
As a Carer looking after someone with memory loss or dementia you may have experienced a change in your relationship with the person you are caring for, a change of future plans, and/or a change in your normal routine. You may now be finding less time to do the things you need or would like to do as more time is spent helping, protecting and guiding the person you care for. How do you find that balance in your life again? We can help.
At Carers and Disability Link we can support you in your caring role, connect you with other Carers in similar situations, help you with coping day to day, and provide you with information and training about memory loss or dementia. We can also help you to access respite by providing a trained worker to be with the person you care for so that you can have a break, and opportunities to participate in carer activities and groups.
...Someone with an Intellectual Disability?
We know that with your caring role there are many demands on yourself and other family members. For some of you this may be a stressful experience, for others it may be an enriching and rewarding experience, or indeed it may be both.
We understand that what is needed is someone who will listen to your needs and respond in a way that is flexible enough to meet these and in a way that acknowledges your expertise in this area. At Carers and Disability Link you can talk privately with a Carer Support Worker about your own personal needs as a carer. and have the opportunity to meet with other Carers in circumstances similar to yours and participate in carer activities.
...Someone with a Physical Disability?
Caring for someone with a physical disability can be both emotionally and physically demanding. It is important for Carers to maintain their physical health as well as their own mental health. At Carers and Disability Link we can help you do this through:
- one to one support from a Carer Support Worker who can spend time with you allowing you to discuss issues within your caring role
- connection with other carers in situations similar to your own
- opportunity to participate in carer activities
...Someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Do you care for someone with Autism, Aspergers or a similar disorder?
Are you coping with the highs and lows of caring for a child, sibling or partner with social and communication difficulties, and repetitive and restricted interests and behaviours?
At Carers and Disability Link we can help you to do this through:
- one to one support from a Carer Support Worker who can spend time with you to discuss issues within your caring role
- connections with other carers in situations similar to your own
- opportunities for respite (providing a trained worker to be with the person you care for so that you can have a break)
- parenting courses, and
- fun and laughter on retreats, social outings and other carer events
Are you a young person caring for a family member?
A Young Carer is a person aged between 5 and 25 who cares for a family member because of their ill health, disability or frailty.
This may involve:
- extra house work, like the washing and vacuuming
- preparing meals for your family on a regular basis
- grocery shopping, and paying bills for your family
- helping shower & dress a family memeber
- giving medications & treatments to a member of your family
Young Carers may find it difficult to participate in school, work or social activities because of their caring role.
The Young Carers program at Carers and Disability Link can provide you with:
- people who understand and can respond to the unique needs of Young Carers
- a safe and fun environment for socialising and sharing
- a network of friends and contacts
- assistance in finding a balance between your caring role and your education, training and employment goals
- life skills
- connection to useful organisations and services
- time out from your caring role (respite)