Caring for someone with a life-limiting illness can be both rewarding and challenging.
You may also have other family or work commitments. It is important to find ways to balance your caring role and other responsibilities so that you maintain a sense of wellbeing.
Palliative Care NSW recognizes the joys and demands of your role. We provide resources and useful links to networks to help you do your best in your carer’s role.
- All About Palliative Care.
- I’m a Carer. Support for children and teenagers
- NSW Health Palliative Care resources.
- Palliative Care NSW YouTube channel.
- Volunteer Hub – resources, education, and support for palliative care volunteers, managers of volunteers, and service providers
- Palliative Caring Booklet. Information for families and carers who are caring for a person with a life limiting illness or condition
Grief and bereavement during COVID
During this extended period of the COVID pandemic, we are highly aware that many families have been restricted from being with their loved ones at end of life. Heartbroken families have been denied the opportunity to deliver their farewells in the way they wanted to. This could give rise to experiencing prolonged grief disorder – in response to a death that deviates from normal expectations.
We have collated a suite of resources to support grief and bereavement that we sincerely hope will assist you.
- Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement – Grief Information sheets
- Griefline – free counselling and support service
- MyGrief App – an online resource for grief and bereavement support
- Visit Griefline – an online telephone counselling and supportive community service
- The Mindspot Clinic – a free telephone and online service for people dealing with stress, anxiety, low mood or depression
- Beyond Blue – 1300 224 636
For health professionals
- Self-care Matters Plan – a resource for palliative care staff to help prevent burnout and build resilience