Caring for Carers: how to improve your well being

10 useful tips, including supportive contacts, to get you the help you need

As a Carer, you play a critical role in providing daily care and support to people with disability, mental health issues, medical conditions, or those getting older. Often you willingly give the lion's share of your time for your loved ones, but who cares for you? Who cares for the carers? Luckily we live in a country that recognizes your loving sacrifices, and there are many services and supports that you can turn to for help.

To help raise awareness, we have put together this list of 10 tips with useful contacts every Carer should keep in their toolbox.

Tip 1: Let your GP know you're a carer

Being a carer can often affect your own health. Letting your health professionals know that you are a carer can enable them to care for you as a carer.

Supports could include:

  • Providing health checks as well as offering support and advice to help reduce or manage any issues or risks
  • Home visits or tailored appointments
  • Inform you of up and coming news or Carer events
  • Provide you with information regarding local services and support organisations

What you can do...

  • Ask you GP to record your caring status
  • Enquire to see if they have any Carer’s support services or information for you to make use of
  • Tell your GP if you are experiencing stress and/or anxiety
  • Ask about counselling and how this can help you
  • Before your appointment write a list of the questions you want to ask
  • If you and the person you care for both need an appointment, ask to book a double appointment to reduce the stress
  • See your doctor when you need help….
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