When a loved one is diagnosed with a neurological condition it can affect many aspects of your life together. As their needs change their loved ones can become their carer.
What is a carer?
A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support for family members or friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition or terminal illness.
Did you know?
- Over 2.9 million Australians help and support a family member or friend, saving the Australian community more than $40 billion per year.
- An estimated 310,000 Western Australians provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who requires help due to illness, disability or frail age.
It is important that as a carer you are aware of the supports that are available for you, both financially (eg the Carer Allowance) and as services, to help you maintain your role and your own health and wellbeing.
Some organisations may have funding, or self-fund such supports, to the carers of people with neurological conditions. This can include support groups, social outings and/or professional supports such as counselling or training for the use of equipment etc.
If you are caring for someone under the age of 65 years, they may be eligible for NDIS funding to provide necessary support and equipment. Contact our team for more information.
- Parkinson’s WA http://www.parkinsonswa.org.au/services/support_groups
- Huntington’s WA https://www.huntingtonswa.org.au/about-us/support-services/
- MNDWA http://mnds.shunt.com.au/our-services/you-me-and-mnd-program/support-groups/
- Stroke Foundation https://strokefoundation.com.au/Blog/2015/05/20/Self-care-strategies-Carers-and-family
- Carers WA https://www.carerswa.asn.au/information-and-support/services-supports/