When your parent needs light support from you at home, you are considered an informal carer. But when your parent’s needs increase and begin to take up significant amounts of your time, you can experience new hurdles and stress. This is when you may ask if the level of support you are providing classifies you as a carer.
You can learn more about the eligibility requirements and how to claim carer allowance here.
What Support Can I Get?
As well as various homecare support options, an important support service to access is respite. For you and your parents.
Help is at hand when you are feeling overwhelmed. Aged care gives you a break from your carer duties without you having to worry that your parent is being neglected.
A Few Types of Respite Care Include:
- In-home respite – A carer comes to your residential home
- Residential respite – Care provided to your parent within an aged care facility while you recharge
- Centre-based respite – Usually held at a community centre or club and often providing group activities in a social setting.
Research shows carers believe the three main purposes of respite are to give them a break from their caring responsibilities (84%), to give them an opportunity to look after their own health and wellbeing (76%), and to help them sustain their caring role (68%). To put it more simply, respite gives you time to do the things you normally cannot, whether it Is running errands, socialising with friends, or attending counselling or a support group. Doing these things can leave you rejuvenated, so you can be more attentive and patient while caring for your parent.
Does My Parent Need In-Home Care from A Professional?
It is OK to admit when your parent requires professional aged care. Unless you are personally trained in aged care support or nursing, there is a limit to what you can do for your parent and it is important to recognise when this time comes.
This is when we can step in and help you with our professional, high quality home care services. We are here to answer your questions, personalise a support plan to best suit everyone. If you would like to speak to one of our expert life-planners feel free to contact us and we will help you through all the steps.