There’s no doubt that carers play a pivotal role in supporting people with disability. This level of care and understanding often can’t be matched by formal supports, and are therefore invaluable to the person they care for.
Over 2.7 million Australians are carers. This means that they provide unpaid assistance to help look after another person, either in a constant role or from time to time.
Caring can be an intensive role, and so it’s important that carers have the support needed to maintain their health and wellbeing.
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The NDIS supports available for a participant can also benefit carers on a direct and indirect level. Some ways in which they can help is with:
- Assistance with daily living tasks in the community and in the home
- Programs to help you
- Building the participant’s capacity and independence so they can rely on you less
Here’s more on how these supports can benefit you.
Workpower supports are designed to provide for families and carers as well as participants. Here’s some examples of how we assist carers:
- Supports like the School Holiday Program allow carers to take a break from the caring role
- Our Engagement team provide one-on-one advice and assistance when preparing for the NDIS
- We can also connect you directly with carer resources and services
The Department of Social Services (DSS) offer a range of helpful supports and resources. Carers can also access local support services through Carer Gateway. New features include educational modules on how to cope with the challenges of being a carer.