Carers, families and friends
Most people have someone to turn to, whether you live alone or live with others.
They might be part of your family, they might be friends, they might be part of your community. In health care, these people are often called ‘carers’. The people who care for you are doing so willingly. But they might find they would like some support too. Carers, family and friends of people with dementia often say they need information, emotional support, an opportunity to meet with other carers, and guidance to find their way through the system. And sometimes, they need some time out.
Allied health professionals can help with all of this.
- National Dementia Helpline. 1800 100 500. Alzheimer’s Australia. A telephone information and support service available across Australia for people with dementia, their carers, families and friends.
- Carers Australia, 1800 242 636. The national peak body for carers provides advocacy, information, advice and counselling for carers.
- Carer Gateway, 1800 422 737. This is the Australian Government’s gateway providing practical information for carers.
- Support for carers: a practical guide to services for families and friends of people with dementia. 2015. Alzheimer’s Australia.
- Working carers gateway
The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government funded initiative.