Looking After You
ita-V appreciate that regardless of age or circumstance, the role of carer is often hard, undervalued and emotional. It is for these very same reasons that you also need to look after you. Your health and wellbeing is just as important, probably even more so, because who will care for your spouse, parent or friend if you end up ill or mentally exhausted.
According to the Carer Gateway an important first step for carers to remain healthy is to identify any adverse habits you may have developed and and replace them with new, more positive ones.
Some of the best choices you can make for good health are:
- Getting enough sleep
- Doing regular exercise
- Eating a balanced diet
- Not smoking
- Not drinking too much alcohol or taking drugs
- Manage your stress and taking a break
Just be mindful that there is support and services out there to help you.
In many of the categories of our website we have provided specific information for the Carer (such as in the ‘Help at Home” category). So if you have time, have a read through some of the content we have to offer.
Ita-V was created with you, the carer, in mind. We hope you find the information and resources provided below helpful. You can also contact Shelly Spalding, our community occupational therapist if you need some support or have difficulties finding the information you are looking for. Sometimes providing practical and hands on advice can simplify some of your ‘Carer’ tasks. Contact her at [email protected]
Local Carer Support
- Carers NSW 6/235 Darby Street, Newcastle Ph: (02) 9289 4280. Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres – provide respite options and supports services for carers. For carers requiring emergency respite call 1800 052 222
- NSW Health – Newcastle Carer Education and Support Program
- Includes Resources such as;
- Walking with Carers Factsheets
- Carer Health and Wellbeing Factsheets
- A Carers Journey in the Hospital Setting – Coming to Hospital – what happens next?
- A Carers Journey in the Hospital Setting – Coming to Hospital – who is the treating team?
- Factsheet: Carers as Partners in Care – Tips for Families to help
- Includes Resources such as;
- NSW HEALTH – Hunter and New England LHD – Carer Contact List
- Carer Income Support Payments
- Coffee and Cake Care – Summit Care Wallsend – A monthly get together for carers and their aged loved ones to enjoy coffee, cake and company. Ph: (02) 4944 1500 to find out more
- Cafe Connect – Newcastle, for those experiencing dementia and/or their carers. Contact Stuart Torrance, Alzheimer’s Australia Hamilton on (02) 4962 7000
- A Carer’s Journey in the Hospital Setting
- NSW Health – Going to Hospital
State & Commonwealth Carer Support
- Carers Gateway is a national online and phone service that provides practical information and resources to support carers. This interactive service finder helps carers connect to local support services. Call 1800 422 737
- LifeCircle – The home of support when you are caring for someone through the last stages of life.
- Carers Australia provides specialist services including counselling, advice and information for carers of a family member with any condition. Ph: 1800 242 636
- An Unrecognised Grief – loss and grief issues for carers – A Carer’s Guide
- Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres facilitates access to information, respite care and other support appropriate to carers’ needs and circumstances and the needs of the people they care for. Contact them on 1800 052 222. Call 1800 059 059 if you need emergency respite
- My Aged Care: 1800 200 422. Provides information and advice about how to access aged care services, including eligibility, assessment, finding local services to meet your needs and costs. Also has support pages for Carers. My Aged Care is now the key entry point to the Australian aged care system.
- Australian Counselling Association is a national association of qualified and registered counselors and psychotherapists in Australia and has a ‘Find a Counselor’ service. For further information, please see: www.theaca.net.au or Ph: 1300 784 333
- Carer Income Support Payments
Carer Support - Condition Specific
DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY:
If you’re concerned about an older person experiencing anxiety or depression, or just not coping, then it is important to show you care by having a conversation with them about it.
Unfortunately, many people over 65 still seem to feel there is a stigma attached to depression and anxiety, viewing them as weaknesses or character flaws rather than a genuine health condition.
Older people are also more hesitant to share their experiences of anxiety and depression with others, often ignoring symptoms over long periods of time and only seeking professional help when things reach a crisis point. Go to Beyond Blue https://www.beyondblue.org.au/who-does-it-affect/older-people/have-the-conversation-with-older-people for more information on broaching the subject, including videos of older women and men telling their story on the difficulties of asking for help.
- Dementia Support for Carers: NSW Dementia & Memory Resource – The Hunter: 2 Percy Street, Hamilton, Ph: (02) 4962 7000, email [email protected]
- Dementia and Support for Carers – Practical guide for families and friends of people with dementia
- Caring for a person with Dementia (understanding the 3D’s) of dementia, delirium and depression
- Purchase – Creating Moments of Joy – Along the Alzheimers Journey, This book is especially helpful for those persons who care for someone experiencing the middle or later stages of dementia – where your and their reality may differ.
- Palliative Care New South Wales, the peak body in New South Wales, representing palliative care providers and those with an interest in palliative care
- Palliative Care Australia, the peak national body for palliative care
- LifeCircle – aim to improve the experience of dying and death by supporting those who are caring for the people at the end of life.
- Unrecognised Grief – Carers Victoria
- Parkinson’s Support – Call Parkinson’s NSW on 1800 644 189 for details of Local Support groups
- Go to the Carer Gateway for information and support when caring for someone with a specific diagnosis such as arthritis, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, emphysema, ID, kidney failure, mental illness, hearing and vision impairment and more…
- A guide on how to recognise if someone is having a heart attack and how to help
Out And About In Newcastle/Hunter
It’s important that both you and the person you are caring for get out and socialise. Don’t let immobility be a barrier!
- Accommodation in the Hunter/Newcastle Area:
- Stockton Beach Holiday Park has three accessible villas with appropriate internal set-up
- Civic Theatre
- Stockton Ferry to Newcastle – and return
- Newcastle Museum
- Newcastle Commemorative Walk
- Cooks Hill Surf Club: At the Base of the Newcastle Commemorative Walk:
- Hoist and slings to enable transfer of beach goer into beach equipped wheelchairs
- Adult’s manual beach friendly wheelchair
- For the experienced, a beach suitable power chair
- Ramps and matting
- Trained staff to assist in the use of equipment to ensure the time spent at the beach is memorable and safe for carers and the user
Bookings are essential – contact Local Mobility Ph: (02) 4956 9993 during weekday working hours to ensure equipment and staff needs can be met
- Blackbutt Reserve: Elevated wheelchair accessible boardwalks link the exhibits. Disability Parking close to animal enclosures and picnic areas
Places to Dine:
See a Movie:
- See a Movie: Located in Glendale, Kotara and Newcastle. Features closed captions, infrared, hearing aid loop, audio described movies via headset and are wheelchair friendly – recommend calling to ensure equipment is available
- Newcastle Tower Cinema has closed captions, wheelchair access and infrared hearing. NB: Parking may be an issue
- Accessible Newcastle