Being a Carer

Taking on the role of a carer for a loved one can be a life-changing experience. It is a big commitment that offers many benefits as well as challenges.

As a carer, you may need to make certain sacrifices in your own life, so it’s important you look after your own health and wellbeing.

What do carers do?

  • Carers provide unpaid care and support to others.
  • They help and support with the daily activities of the person they are caring for. This may include physical and personal care, as well as providing transport and managing appointments and commitments.
  • Carers are often also required to provide emotional and social support.

How can you look after yourself?

  • Engage in regular self-care, including exercise, eating well and leisure activities.
  • Set limits for what you can do – no matter how broad.
  • Connect with other carers in the community to share ideas and decompress. It helps to know you are not alone.

Related Services

Young Carers Connect

Online support forum for young people caring for family or friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, an alcohol or drug dependency, or are frail aged.

At Relationships Australia Canberra & Region we are a Child Safe Organisation committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people.