Carer Wellbeing

When you are caring for others, it is also important to take care of yourself.

Who is a Carer?  A Carer is someone who provides care to another person without being paid. 

A Carer can be any age, from any background. A carer can be a child at school whose parent, grandparent or sibling needs help, a parent with a special needs child, an adult whose parent or spouse is ageing and unable to manage at home. A carer can also be anyone who helps another manage with a disability or mental illness.
 
Many carers do not regard themselves as carers - they are just looking after someone they love. For many the needs of the person they care for grow slowly over time, while for others becoming a carer can happen overnight. Whether touched by disability, ageing, illness or dependency, whether by choice or necessity, over 2.7million Australians are Carers.
 
Our services are designed to give you the time you need for your own wellbeing, along with the support you need in your role as a carer.

Who can we help? We offer support for:

  • Carers of people who are ageing: these are people who provide unpaid care to someone to a person who is frail aged or has dementia.
  • Carers of people with disability: these are people who provide unpaid care to a person who needs support because they are living with a severe or profound disability, autism, or an intellectual disability.
  • Carers of people with a mental illness: these are people who provide unpaid care to a person who needs support because they are living with a mental illness.
  • Young Carers: a young carer is someone completing primary or secondary education while caring for a family member or friend who has a disability, mental illness, chronic illness, is frail aged or has an alcohol or other substance dependence.

We can provide a range of different supports depending who you provide care for.

If you are a carer for an older person, we can help with:

  • Short term or emergency respite care
  • Information, links to other services, help to navigate the system
  • Help with homecare and/or personal care
  • Referal to programs for the person you care for. (See Positive Ageing page for more details.)
If you are a carer for a person with disability, we can help with:
  • Short term or emergency respite care
  • Information, links to other services, help to navigate the system
  • Help with homecare and/or personal care
  • Capacity building
  • Peer support and networking opportunities
  • Equipment purchases
If you are a carer for a person with mental health problems, we can help with:
  • Short term or emergency respite care
  • Information, links to other services, help to navigate the system
  • Help with homecare and/or personal care
  • Peer support and networking opportunities
  • Social connectedness and Capacity building
For Young Carers, we can provide:
  • Educational supports (tutoring, assistance with books, uniforms, excursions, camps etc)
  • Respite care
  • Peer supports (social, recreational, educational)
  • Information, links and referrals to other services
  • Capacity building

Please note: Eligibility criteria applies to accessing some Government funded programs.

Contact us today to talk through what options are available to you, or use our option selector.

lifeAssist can provide supports to carers in the following locations:

Eastern Region of Melbourne:

  • All of the above services, plus:
  • The Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre (CRCC) is funded by the Australian Government which delivers 24 hour, 7 day a week service for carers and their families. This program is delivered in Eastern Metropolitan region of Melbourne by UnitingCare lifeAssist – Eastern Metropolitan Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre. Read more here.

Southern Region of Melbourne:

  • Supports for carers of people with mental health problems only through the Mental Health Respite for Carers program are available trhough our office in Narre Warren.
  • 55 Webb Street Narre Warren. Phone (03) 9705 3932 (9am-5pm Monday to Thursday)

Northern Region of Melbourne:

  • Carer supports available under the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) including Care Relationship Carer Support.

We also run a range of other programs and services which support carers. These include:

  • The Carer Hub: is a welcoming space giving carers of people with a mental health issue in the Southern region of Melbourne the opportunity to connect with other carers. The Carer Hub supports carers, helps create social connections and links carers with other support services. Through the Hub we run also regular activities and education sessions.

  • Carer Recognition Book: this book provides carers savings and vouchers on a range of services, products, accommodation, dining and leisure activities to help carers plan a break at a reduced cost. It is free to join.

  • Pathways for Carers: offers carers of people with a disability or a mental health issue, an opportunity to share walks in Maroondah and Yarra Ranges with other carers and to learn more about news, services, supports available to carers. This is a FREE event for carers. 

  • Health and fitness programs: a time for carers to exercise, feel good, chat, connect and relax. Create some time for yourself to enjoy this weekly fitness session, followed by healthy refreshments. Contact us for more details.

Helpful information for carers:

  • The Carer Gateway, launched by the Australian Government, provides information about services and support available to people who care for someone with a disability, chronic illness, dementia, mental illness or frailty due to age. Carers can call Carer Gateway on 1800 422 737 (8am-6pm Monday to Friday) or visit the Carer Gateway website to find out more.