Are you a carer?

Do you help take care of someone who is frail aged, ill, or who has a disability or mental illness?

Do you help them with things like getting bathed and dressed, moving around, eating, remembering to take medications or attending appointments? Do you provide emotional, social or financial support?

If you answered yes, chances are that you are one of more than 85,000 Tasmanians who provide unpaid practical or emotional support to someone close to them.

Perhaps you’re not a carer yet but think you may become one in the near future. Or maybe you know someone who is a carer.

Did you know that 1 in 6 Tasmanians are carers? Chances are you are either a carer, need a carer, or know a carer.

CARER GATEWAY

The Carer Gateway centralises the support services available to carers across Australia.

Care2Serve is your first point of contact for access to Carer Gateway services in Tasmania.

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MAKE A PLAN

Did you know you can access practical support like respite care, financial assistance and planning services?

We can help you find the support that best suits your needs.
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TALK TO SOMEONE

Caring is a rewarding role but it can also be challenging.

We have counsellors available online, over the phone or in-person who understand what you are going through.
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LEARN NEW SKILLS

Carers often have to figure things out as they go.

We provide a wide range of learning resources – ranging from practical blog posts to workshops and training sessions.

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CARER GATEWAY

The Carer Gateway centralises the support services available to carers across Australia.

Care2Serve is your first point of contact for access to Carer Gateway services in Tasmania.

FIND OUT MORE

MAKE A PLAN

Did you know you can access practical support like respite care, financial assistance and planning services?

We can help you find the support that best suits your needs.

FIND OUT MORE

TALK TO SOMEONE

Caring is a rewarding role but it can also be challenging.

We have counselors available online, over the phone or in-person who understand what you are going through.

FIND OUT MORE

LEARN NEW SKILLS

Carers often have to figure things out as they go.

We provide a wide range of learning resources – ranging from practical blog posts to workshops and training sessions.

FIND OUT MORE

Who are carers?

A carer provides unpaid practical or emotional support to someone who is frail aged, ill, or who has a disability or mental illness.

Carers often help with simple, day-to-day tasks like bathing, getting dressed, eating, moving around, remembering to take medications, attending appointments or managing finances or household affairs.

Carers may also provide emotional or social support and companionship. Carers come from all walks of life, and from many different family situations.

Some are full-time primary caregivers. Others juggle caring with work, studies and even other family commitments. Some people become carers gradually, while others are thrust into the role by a serious health crisis or accident. Some carers live with the person they are caring for; others may just visit on a regular basis.

In Tasmania, approximately one in six people are in a caring role, which means it’s likely you are either a carer, need a carer yourself, or know a carer.

Types of caring roles

AGED CARE

Caring for an aged family member, friend or neighbour? It’s a difficult time seeing a friend or family member become more frail with age. With this their dependency on a carer increases too. Did you know Tasmania has the highest median age in the country? This means you’re not alone. If you are currently caring for an aged person, or you’ll be looking to care for someone soon, we have the resources and support to guide you through this time.

DISABILITY

Caring for someone with a disability isn’t easy. It takes a lot of mental and physical energy.

The severity can range and the needs can be different for each person and situation. This may leave you, a carer, with less time to take into account your own needs. If you’re caring for a family member or friend with a disability, get the best possible advice and support with Care2Serve.

MENTAL ILLNESS

Seeing a loved one, family member or friend struggle with their mental health is difficult. Caring for them can be just as much.

Not knowing what is around the corner is often the most stressful part. It’s important that carers in these circumstances look after themselves, so they can best look after others.

ONGOING ILLNESS

Caring for someone with an ongoing illness can be emotionally demanding.

The severity can range from mild to severe and can be long lasting. Either way, it’s important you look after your own mental health too. We’re here to support you.

YOUNG CARERS

As a young carer you juggle your life and the life of someone living with a disability, illness or is elderly or frail.

There are more than 270,000 young carers in Australia caring for a parent, partner, sibling, child, relative or friend. It’s important to find the time to look after yourself and find a balance between caring, studying, working and social

Carer Spotlight

Australian actor Aaron Pedersen has been caring for his brother, Vinnie, for the last four decades.

“It’s my first job really. I’ve always said I’m not really an actor; I’m a carer. Acting’s just my hobby.”

In this short video, Aaron talks about the importance of seeking support while caring for a loved one, and the important role that the Carer Gateway plays.

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