About one in eight Australians are carers and it’s incredibly important for them to know they are valued and supported. Caring for someone who is dying can be very difficult. Relationships can change significantly, and the caring role can become much more intense as needs change. What’s more, caring can continue for months or even years.
Supporting the needs of carers is therefore an integral part of palliative care. Services and organisations are available that offer respite and mental health support as well as educational and learning opportunities.