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Caring for someone

A carer is a person who gives someone regular and ongoing care and help. Often a carer is a:

  • family member
  • partner
  • friend
  • neighbour

who gives this support without being paid.

A carer may give care for a few hours a week or all day every day, depending on the level of support needed. Care may be given:

  • within the older person’s home
  • in a residential aged care home
  • at your home.

Support for the older person you care for

Caring for an older person can be a challenging and rewarding experience. Find out about services and support to help you in your role caring for older people.

Support for you as a carer

There are many services to help you as a carer and support you in your caring role.

Last reviewed: 3 May, 2018.