At Darebin, we care about carers too. There are a number of support options, some through Council, and some through other organisations.
Carers can be any age, and although usually family members, they can also be friends, or neighbours who care for people requiring ongoing support. Some carers live with the person they support. Other carers might drop by a few times a week to help out. Either way, we know that sometimes carers need some help, or a break from their caring role.
SUPPORTS AVAILABLE THROUGH COUNCIL:
Support For Carers Program
This program is funded by the Victorian Department Of Health and Human Services. At Darebin this program is focussed on support for those who care for older people, and especially (but not only) those who have memory loss or confusion. Staff can provide information, practical and general support and assistance. This can include anything from attending a carer support group, to targeted advice and assistance for carers to understand and navigate the service system. It can also help with the challenges of looking after someone who is frail or confused. There is support for you if you need short term respite or access to carer-related material aid.
Carer Support Group
This is a support group that focuses on social connection. A chance to have a chat with other carers, relevant information and occasional outings are all part of these monthly group meetings.
Yanada House runs a carer support group for anyone in a caring role. This is a safe place for carers to talk with and support other carers. We also have guest speakers come to talk about things that are important to carers. For more information about services at Yanada House, including service fees, call us on 9481 9570.
Under the Commonwealth My Aged Care system, Darebin Council provides:
Social Support Groups
These programs operate from our Northcote facility, Yanada House and offer activity programs for people needing care so that their carers can have a break. See brochure.
In-home respite: provides support for carers of clients needing assisted support in the home e.g. children/adults with disabilities, older people with dementia)
Community access individual: Individual specified activities outside the home providing opportunities to socialise, recreate, participate in community life, whilst also providing respite for the carer.
Further information: Please call Darebin City Council’s Aged and Disability Department on 8470 8828, if you would like to learn more about these.
SUPPORTS AVAILABLE ELSEWHERE:
Victorian Government Carer Card
The Victorian Government has worked with businesses, the local government and community organisations to provide carers with the Victorian Government Carer Card. You, or someone you know, may be eligible.
Benefits of the card include free public transport on Sundays along with two return off-peak rail vouchers for travel anywhere within Victoria. Carers will also be able to enjoy discounted entries to Government venues such as zoos, museums and various tourist attractions.
For further information or to apply visit the Victorian Government Carer Card Program website or call the Carer Card Information Line on 1800 901 958.
Counselling and Support through My Aged Care
Counselling and support services may help you to understand and manage situations, behaviours and relationships that can be a part of being a carer. This help could, in turn, reduce the stress you may be feeling in your caring role, and perhaps help you to continue in this role for longer.
Further information: visit the My Aged Care website or call 1800 200 422.
What if I feel like I’m not coping?
If you need to talk to someone immediately, contact Lifeline (24 hours a day) on 13 11 14.