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.
Practical matters to help with the caring role
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Naturally, when your family member moves into residential care you will question whether this was the right decision.
Each person copes with uncertainty, grief and loss in different ways. Here are some tips which may help you.
All Commonwealth-funded aged care facilities are accredited facilities; there is a standard level of care you can expect.
The rights and responsibilites of the resident - what you need to know.
Why visiting is important - for you and your family member.
If you feel more like a guest or formal visitor when visiting your family member in residential care, you're not alone.
Carers have much to offer in the way of skills, knowledge, time, ideas and 'an extra pair of hands'
When your family member moves into a residential care facility, it is important to help the staff and other residents get to know them.
Caring does not cease when your family member is admitted into residential care. However your life does change completely.
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.
If you are concerned about your older family member living in their own home, you may consider suggesting they move in with you.
If your situation allows it, you may also be considering moving in.
Who does what - a summary
When the day of admission arrives the emotions you've been experiencing will be at their peak. This is natural; expect uneasiness.
Here is a list of practical things that will need to be undertaken when your family member is admitted to residential care.
Unfortunately there is no quick or easy way to calculate what residential care will cost. Here's what you need to know.
Once you know which residential care facilities you prefer, you need to place your family member or friend on the waiting lists.
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.
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.