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Tips for being confident in your caring role

Carers are important, both in their caring role and as individuals. Ensuring others understand your needs will help you balance your role as a carer with other aspects of your life. Be confident when expressing the need to:

  • be given privacy 
  • be treated with dignity and respect
  • be asked to help, not just expected to help
  • only carry out the tasks you are comfortable with 
  • voice your concerns and offer suggestions
  • be acknowledged and included in decision-making
  • ask other family members for support
  • talk about using support services with the person you care for
  • access services when you need help
  • provide relevant information to doctors, nurses and other service providers
  • reduce the amount of care you provide, or make arrangements for permanent care such as moving into an aged care home.

Last reviewed: 30 June, 2015.