Carers are integral to ensuring the quality of life and independence of frail, older people.
In recognition of the vital role that carers play in supporting frail, older people to remain living at home and in the community, the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) will support the care relationship through contributing funding towards a range of planned respite services delivered to frail, older people.
An integrated plan for Carers Support Services is being developed to reflect the Australian Government's priorities for carers, and outlines actions to recognise, support and sustain the vital work of unpaid carers. The Plan includes the Carer Gateway and can be located on the Department of Social Services website.
Caring for someone can be tiring. It’s important for you to look after yourself. This takes time, and it can be hard to do. The information and advice in this section might help get you started.