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Caring for Someone Living with a Disability

We have the expertise and services to help you cope with the unique challenges of looking after someone with a disability.


If you care for a person who is under 65 years old, with a permanent or significant disability, then it is likely they are accessing, or will be accessing, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

However, if the person you care for is not eligible, or has not applied for an NDIS plan, we are able to offer you, the carer, access to supports for yourself.

Contact us on 1800 052 222 to register as a carer and find out how we can help.

What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?

The NDIS provides annual funding for eligible individuals to provide a lifetime approach to managing their disability.

To better understand how the NDIS supports people with disability, their families, and carers, visit NDIS and Carers.

Carers ACT is a registered NDIS Provider. We can support you, and the person you care for, to coordinate and implement the supports identified in their NDIS plan. For more information, visit NDIS Support Coordination.

How Carers ACT can assist you in your caring role

Helping You To Take a Break (Respite)

Respite is taking a short break from your caring role. It is when another person takes over your caring responsibilities temporarily, so that you can have a break. Respite is very important to help you recharge your batteries and care for your own health and well-being.Respite means different things to different people and it can occur in different places. It can vary from a couple of hours, to a few days or weeks. The services we provide to enable you to take a break include:

  • In-home help provided by a support worker.
  • Assistance with special equipment
  • ‘Residential respite’ where the person you care for has a short stay at an aged-care home.
  • Cottage respite,’ which offers an intimate home-like setting with tailored activities available for day and/or overnight stays.
  • Recreation and education-based activities.

Read more about how we can assist you to take a break.

The Hub Disability Program – Promoting Independent Living Skills

We run full and half day programs for individuals living with a disability. The Hub Disability Program runs from Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm and is targeted for people aged between 18 to 40 years of age with a moderate cognitive disability. The activities are interactive and adapted to the participant’s abilities and interests and include activities such as growing and cooking your own ingredients, music, yoga, photography, dance, gym, walking, art and craft.

For more information about the aims, objectives and policies of the program, please refer to The Hub Handbook for Carers.  We also have an easy-to-read guide for families and participants, Hub Disability Program Participant Handbook

All enquiries can be directed to Carers ACT Disability Services on 1800 272 624 or disability@carersact.org.au

Education

We regularly host a range of information sessions and workshops to assist you in your disability caring role.  Some of the workshops include First Aid for carers, back care and manual handling for carers, continence management, managing challenging behaviours and a range of sessions on the NDIS.

Our education program is available to all carers who are registered with our service.  Visit our ‘What’s On’ calendar to explore upcoming activities.

Representing Your Voice

We can help you negotiate complex bureaucracy, provide links into financial or legal service supports and access services such as the Human Rights Commission and Ombudsman (for ACT residents only). As for one of our carer advocates on 1800 052 222.

Looking after yourself

  • Join a Carer Support Group
  • Talk to a counsellor
  • Join a yoga or meditation class or attend a social activity with other carers. Check out the activities available to registered carers through our What’s On calendar

 


Links to Other Supports

Feros Care is the official NDIS Local Area Coordinator (LAC) for ACT.  The role of a LAC is to help participants navigate the NDIS processes.  For more information about Local Area Coordination in ACT contact Feros on 1300 986 970 or email lacinfo@feroscare.com.au

Uniting is the NDIS Local Area Coordinator (LAC) for Southern NSW. The role of a LAC is to help participants navigate the NDIS processes. For more information about Local Area Coordination in Southern NSW, contact Uniting at lacinfo@uniting.org

idmh e-Learning 3DN provides free eLearning about intellectual disability to professionals, carers and consumers.

Advocacy for Inclusion provides independent individual, self and systemic advocacy for people with disabilities.

ACT Companion Card enables people with disability who require life-long attendant care support from a companion to attending participating venues or activities without incurring the cost of a second ticket for their companion.

ACT Office for Disability provides strategic advice and practical assistance to enable people with disability to enjoy their rights as citizens of the ACT.

ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy Service (ADACAS) provides a free advocacy service to individuals living with a disability, older people and their carers

Ethnic Disability ACT advocates for the rights of individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds living with a disability, their families and carers in the ACT region.

Disability Discrimination Law provides free, independent and confidential legal assistance in disability discrimination law for people living in the ACT.

Disability Trust provides a range of supports to assist those living with a disability and their families.


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