Practical matters to help with the caring role

Caring and paid work: negotiating flexible work with your employer

Your employer may not immediately understand your needs as a carer and it is important to present a good business case for flexible working arrangements. 

Other accommodation options - supported living

At some stage you and/or your family member may feel they need more care than you can offer them - even with the help of support services. 

Where should your family member live?

When your family member or friend begins to need more help with day-to-day things, you may start wondering whether they should continue living at home. 

Plan ahead: emergency planning

When you care for somebody who depends on you, putting your life on hold while you deal with sudden illness, accidents, family troubles or emergencies may not be an option; it is important to plan ahead. 

Caring and paid work: your rights

Balancing your caring responsibilities with the demands of paid work is a challenge. You  may need extra support and access to flexible work arrangements. It is important to know your rights. 

When a change in facility might be needed

A change in the condition of your family member may mean that they require a higher level of care or specialised care - this may involve moving to another residential care facility.

If circumstances change, can care at home be reconsidered?

Naturally, when your family member moves into residential care you will question whether this was the right decision. 

How to deal with difficult news about your family member

Each person copes with uncertainty, grief and loss in different ways. Here are some tips which may help you. 

Accreditation in residential care facilities

All Commonwealth-funded aged care facilities are accredited facilities; there is a standard level of care you can expect. 

Rights and responsibilities in residential care

The rights and responsibilites of the resident - what you need to know.

Making visits work for you

Why visiting is important - for you and your family member. 

How to feel comfortable at the facility

If you feel more like a guest or formal visitor when visiting your family member in residential care, you're not alone. 

More opportunities for carers in residential care

Carers have much to offer in the way of skills, knowledge, time, ideas and 'an extra pair of hands'

How to help the staff get to know your family member

When your family member moves into a residential care facility, it is important to help the staff and other residents get to know them.

The importance of rediscovering a life for yourself

Caring does not cease when your family member is admitted into residential care. However your life does change completely.

How to find your new carer role in residential care

Many carers choose to continue their caring role when their family member is admitted to residential care. However the nature of this caring role may change considerably.

Should your family member move in with you?

If you are concerned about your older family member living in their own home, you may consider suggesting they move in with you.

Should you move in with your family member?

If your situation allows it, you may also be considering moving in.

Residential care - how it works day-to-day

Who does what - a summary 

The day of admission - what to expect

When the day of admission arrives the emotions you've been experiencing will be at their peak. This is natural; expect uneasiness.

How to prepare for the day of admission

Here is a list of practical things that will need to be undertaken when your family member is admitted to residential care. 

How to work out what residential care will cost

Unfortunately there is no quick or easy way to calculate what residential care will cost. Here's what you need to know. 

Residential care paperwork and waiting lists

Once you know which residential care facilities you prefer, you need to place your family member or friend on the waiting lists.

Financial and legal considerations: guardianship and administration orders

It can be difficult talking about legal and financial issues with a family member or friend. However, good planning is early planning - the earlier the better, to give you peace of mind.

Helping your family member to remain living at home

It's natural for you to be concerned about your older family member continuing to live in their own home. Here are some tips on how to help your family member remain at home.