Carer support

A carer is a person who looks after a friend or family member who has a disability, mental illness, long-term illness or who is frail and elderly.

Are you a carer?

A carer is a person who looks after a friend or family member who has a disability, mental illness, long-term illness or who is frail and elderly. A carer is usually unpaid for their work.

Carers often help with daily activities like dressing, lifting, showering, feeding, providing transport and managing the medication and appointments of the person they are looking after.

Respite

Latrobe Community Health Service gives carers the chance to take a short break from their role by taking on caring duties and providing opportunities to rest, socialise and recharge their batteries. This is called ‘respite’.

Some types of short-term respite we provide include:

  • respite at home during the day or after-hours
  • respite at a residential aged care facility
  • respite at Mayfair House, our three-bedroom supported accommodation in Traralgon
  • leisure activities for you or the person you care for
  • young carer support
  • day programs, overnight activities and accommodation support
  • events celebrating the carer role.

Activities for carers

Some of the activities or events you can attend as a carer include:

  • educational events
  • information sessions
  • movie screenings
  • theatre performances
  • boat cruises
  • flower and car shows
  • carer peer support groups.

Eligibility

Latrobe Community Health Service provides support to carers living in Gippsland. Our offices are located in Bairnsdale, Sale, Morwell, Wonthaggi and Warragul, but we provide support to carers across the region.

Phone 1800 242 696 and speak to our friendly staff

Cost

Latrobe Community Health Service is committed to ensuring access to services for everyone in the community.

Call 1800 242 696 to discuss your individual situation.