Support for carers and families
The term ‘carer’ refers to a friend, family member or neighbour who is looking after someone who is unwell, providing them with emotional support, practical assistance and in some cases personal care. Most carers begin caring because a family member or friend needs care and assistance. Although for many of us we would not have it any other way, it can at times become tiring, we may lose the ability to tend to our own needs, and caring can at times have a real impact on our own lives and wellbeing.
The Caregiver Network Facilitator works with carers who are caring for someone who is a patient/client (of Southern Adelaide Palliative Services) with a diagnosis of a life-limiting illness. We visit you at a time and a place that suits you, usually in your own home. Together we review how things are and where the gaps may be that could assist you in this rewarding and yet at times challenging role. For example:
- Ensuring that you have all the financial benefits and concessions that you are entitled to
- Possibly you may benefit from some respite that will give you time to yourself whilst someone stays at home with the person you are caring for
- You may be at a point where more time may be beneficial and residential respite for a week or two may be the answer
- Assistance with transport, home care, personal care, meals may be areas of concern for you
In consultation with you, the Caregiver Network Facilitator will identify and mobilise local supports within your own networks of friends, relatives, neighbours, work colleagues and acquaintances to assist. The Caregiver Network Facilitator can assist you to access and complete various forms for benefits or concessions, provide information, advocate on your behalf and be a sounding board and provide a listening ear.
The Caregiver Network Facilitator’s role is one of providing information, emotional support and linkages with services and organisations who can assist.