As people become increasingly unwell, they may require more help. The healthcare team can provide you with information on what care may be needed. They can tell you how to provide care for someone.
In this section we provide practical tips and links to useful resources to help you in your carer role. Sometimes you will need help from others.
If you are caring for a person at home, you may need some equipment and other materials to help make the person who is ill feel more comfortable. It can also help you to care more safely. Talk with your health care team to find out what practical help and equipment is useful and available as needs change.
Services differ between states and territories and between regions. A wide variety of help may be available to you. This could be from local councils or from local hospitals. There are also community or health centres, and local voluntary bodies.
This help can include:
- loaning you equipment and other practical items
- providing home help or help with gardening or shopping
- giving help and advice on diet and food
- Nursing help with physical care
- Physiotherapist and Occupational therapist help with equipment and maintaining independence.
There are aids and equipment that can help people to maintain independence. There is likely to be a cost for this. Ask your local health professional if this becomes difficult.