Being a carer can be both physically and mentally demanding. There are many things you can do to maintain your health and avoid injury, e.g. burnout.
What you can do:
- Maintain relationshipswith family and friends.
- Make time for regular exercise. Eat regular and healthy meals.
- Don’t be afraid to get some help (e.g. respite) and take some time out for yourself.
- Be aware of good practices for lifting and transferring the person you provide care for.
Information on the National Carer Strategy
- Carers Australia 1800 242 636
- Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres 1800 052 222
The Carers booklet provides information about specific services available through the Department of Veterans' Affairs, including respite care and community nursing, as well as general information about services available in the community.
Back to Basics
This book provides practical, user friendly advice for carers, including a variety of ways to transfer the person you are caring for and explains how to minimise the risk of injury.
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