Older Parent Carers

The Carers NSW Older Parent Carer Support Coordination Program delivers a flexible, family-centred case management service with a focus on planning for the future. The program is for older parent carers caring for a son or daughter living with a disability or long term illness.

About Support Coordination for Older Parent Carers

Carers NSW receives funding through Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC), NSW Department of Family & Community Services (FACS), to provide the service in the following regions of NSW:

• South East Sydney
• Mid North Coast
• Orana Far West

A range of other service providers deliver this program across the other regions of NSW. Carers NSW can refer you to the providers in the other regions.

Our aim is to help carers prevent or alleviate the stress that can build up within a family due to the caring role. Our Support Coordinators will help with referrals to services as well as providing information that is relevant to the carer/care recipient and their current situations. Our support plan is designed specifically for the carer and the person they are caring for and is tailored to each particular family situation.

The program is designed to:

  • Build on the existing strengths of older parent carers and the person they care for
  • Identify the needs, hopes and dreams of the carer and assist them to plan for the future
  • Connect both the carer and the person they care for to social networks and to the service system that can best support them and assist them to realise their goals
  • Assist the carer to put transition plans in place to give them confidence that the person they are caring for has the future support that can meet their changing needs
  • Engage with the carer to develop a comprehensive respite plan and skills development plan for the person with a disability
  • Reach out to hidden carers and carers from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) backgrounds
  • Establish local older parent carer networks and peer support groups where needed
  • Utilise Carer Assistance Packages (up to $5,000 per family) to build skills, establish social contacts and fund legal cost associated with planning for the future

Eligibility Criteria for the Support Coordination Program

To be eligible for services through the program clients must be an older parent carer of an adult daughter or son with a disability or long term illness, and be aged 60 years and over or 45 years and over if you are from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait background.

For more information call us on the Carer Line 1800 242 636

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