Carers may be a relative, friend or neighbour. Informal or unpaid carers make a very important contribution to the care of people across Australia.
Support can be help with practical things (such as getting shopping or food), physical things (getting to appointments, doing some housework or giving medications) or emotional support (providing company and understanding) .
The role of a carer is very valuable and often a very rewarding role, but it can be time consuming, exhausting, and demanding. While developing this resource, carers told us that the most important person is the patient, but that carers need some looking after too.