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Services supporting care relationships

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If you care for a partner, family member or friend, information and services are available to support you in this important and demanding role. Respite services are available to provide you with a break from your caring responsibilities. Other services, such as domestic assistance (home care) and personal care, are available to assist carers, and provide support. Local councils also provide activities and outings for older people who require care.

Statewide services funded by the Victorian Government to recognise and support people in care relationships, are the:

  • Support for Carers Program (SCP)
    Provides in home, out of home, and emergency carer respite, and support services, for older carers and carers of older people. Support includes information, advice and counselling, and carer support groups. This program is delivered through a range of carer respite and support organisations, and Carers Victoria. The Support for carers program includes the Support for carers of people with dementia program of flexible services and support for carers of people with dementia, including younger people with dementia.

Your local DH regional office
Your local council (find your local council)
Carers Victoria and the Carer Resource Centre on 1800 242 636 (free call).

Other services which recognise and support care relationships:

  • Carers Victoria
    Carers Victoria is a statewide organisation representing the needs of carers, offering direct services to support carers in their caring role, as well as education, training and advocacy programs to increase awareness of carers and their issues.

Contact 1800 242 636 (free call) for information, personal support and referrals. Or visit the Carers Victoria website.

  • Mental Health – Information for carers
    There is a range of services designed to support family members, friends and carers of people with a mental illness, such as direct support for carers of people with a mental illness, including respite for people with a mental illness and their carers; advocacy, information, support and referral to respite and support options; Koori support; and mutual support and self-help services. For more information refer to the Information for families and carers on the Mental health website.

The booklet Information for families and carers of people with a mental illness is available from the Mental health website.

Other programs supporting carers include acute and sub-acute programs

Development and planning projects

Other one-off initiatives and projects are funded to assist in service development and planning. These include:

  • The 'Outside Looking In' kit on carer friendly practices in aged care facilities (available from Carers Victoria website).
  • Projects on innovative and creative respite options, which have resulted in reconfiguring services to better meet needs of people in care relationships.

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Last updated: 10 September, 2014
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