Services supporting care relationships
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& planning projects | Further information
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
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.
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
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
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
The booklet Information
for families and carers of people with a mental illness is available
from the Mental
Other programs supporting carers include acute and sub-acute programs
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).
- Residential care - your choices is a guide to help older people thinking about residential care for themselves or someone they care for.
- A guide for families
and carers to the ‘How,
when, what and where’ of Residential Care is a succinct form
of the guide in ten key community languages – in Arabic including
Lebanese, Chinese, Croatian, Greek, Italian, Macedonian, Russian, Spanish,
Turkish and Vietnamese.
- Research on What carers value,
a report by National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) funded by
- 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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