Carers ACT is primarily devoted to unpaid carers who are actively caring, but this does not mean that when your caring role ends we immediately break off contact with you.
Looking after someone may be a large and significant part of your life, but often your caring role will change over time, and may come to an end. This may be because the person you are looking after has recovered and no longer needs care, because they can no longer be cared for at home or because they have died.
We know this can be an extremely emotional and difficult time. You may experience feelings of guilt, grief, emptiness or loneliness, and perhaps relief at getting your life back.
Losing someone whom you have been caring for, for many years could have an especially big impact on your life as there are many adjustments to make, whilst grieving and coming to terms with your loss alongside the changes you will now face.
It may be that you have only just realised you have already been grieving for the person you cared for during the previous years. You may have lost contact with your friends and your links with the wider community because of your demanding caring responsibility.
Most of us feel grief, also relief, not always in that order. Whatever we feel, one thing is certain, our life has changed dramatically.
How Carers ACT Can Assist You Beyond Your Caring Role
For a period of six months following the end of your caring role, we are able to offer counselling, for up to six sessions, to assist with supporting you through the change in your situation.
At the end of the six month period you will no longer be eligible for our support services. However if you still require information or advice after this time, we will provide you with details of a more appropriate service.
When your caring role changes, contact us on 1800 052 222 to discuss the change in your situation and how we can assist you through this transition period in your life.
Canberra Grief Centre offers specialist grief counselling, support and education.
Conversations at 4Cs provides adult individuals with support to cope with life’s challenges, changes and crises. This service is free of charge and operates Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The Compassionate Friends ACT & Queanbeyan is a support group for bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents.
CanTeen ACT & Southern NSW supports young people between the ages of 12-24 years living with cancer, have a sibling with cancer, their parent or primary care giver has cancer or are bereaved from a parent or sibling who had cancer. Young people can access peer support programs, information, counselling and online support.
EveryMan works with men through tough times, for change that matters. Using a range of therapies, resources and specialist programs. This is a free and confidential service for every man.
Menslink supports young men between the ages of 12-25 in Canberra. This is a free confidential service that offers mentoring and counselling.
¹ Audrey Jenkinson ( 2004) Past Caring – The Beginning Not the End, Polperro Heritage Press, Clifton-upon-Teme, Worcestershire (This book is available to borrow through our Carers Lending Library)