Sometimes the main reason for needing residential care is the difficulty associated with managing a specific problem at home.
Information about caring
Why family meetings can be useful and when to have them.
While there are many joys in caring for a family member or friend, there can also be many frustrations and challenges.
Some people say that taking on a caring role feels more like a duty or obligation than an active choice.
With over 700,000 carers in Victoria, you or someone you know may be a carer. A carer can be young or old, they may be spouses, parents, sons or daughters and anything in between.
Are you a young LGBTIQ person who provides support to a partner, friend or family member with health or mental health issues? You may be a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/gender diverse, intersex, queer and/or questioning.
Find out more about the services that are available to support young carers in Victoria.
Caring for an older family member or friend starts in different ways for different people.
Carers come from all walks of life and provide care for a variety of reasons. In fact, some of the most famous people in history were carers!
People start caring for an older family member or friend in different ways.
The Carers Recognition Act 2012 formally recognises and values the role of carers and the importance of care relationships in the Victorian community.
Caring families often experience financial hardship. It can be difficult juggling with paid work and the extra costs related to illness and disability can be enormous.
Caring families save the Australian community more than $40 billion per year, yet too many carers are in poor health, face financial hardship and social isolation and are not properly supported by services.
It's not uncommon for older people to resist the help offered by family or to decline the use of support services that are available.