Essential Steps when you can no longer be a Carer

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According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2015, there were 2.7 million unpaid carers in Australia and with 96% of all primary carers being a family member, the important role that families and carers have in the lives of people with disability should not be underestimated.

The introduction of the NDIS has brought a change for you as a carer. This is especially true when you are no longer able to be the primary carer for the person you care for. This can be an emotional and stressful experience for all involved. Within a person’s NDIS plan, succession planning can be included in the form of additional support staff.

A Carers Statement is a document provided at a planning meeting which outlines the impact that the caring role has on your own personal needs and capabilities. This is an ideal time to disclose illnesses, travel plans, returning to work, study, ageing or your general capacity for a reduced caring role.

There are many social, emotional and practical steps to consider before reducing the level of care you provide.

Some of the social and emotional steps are outlined as follows:

Practical Steps to Consider

The best way to approach a Carers Statement is to think about all the things that another person would need to know in order to provide the same quality of care that you do.

Examples may include:

Are you a carer looking what the next steps are for the person that you care for but unsure where to go for information? Or just need some help with your succession planning? Contact us or call us 1800 029 904.

Information sourced from ‘The Emotional and Practical Considerations for Succession Planning and the NDIS’ Factsheet, Carers Australia. 

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