South West Carer and Respite Services Network (the Network) Member organisations provide essential carer and respite services to the carers of people who are frail aged, people who have a disability and people with a mental illness across South West Victoria.
Network membership is open to government and non-government organisations at all levels: health and welfare organisations, community support groups and agencies that support and provide carer and respite services across the five local government areas of Corangamite, Moyne, Warrnambool, Glenelg and Southern Grampians.
Respite provides an opportunity for Carers to have a “timeout” from their usual caring role and focus on their wellbeing.
Respite care may also assist the cared for in exploring different options and opportunities within the community.
Respite should be flexible and responsive to the needs of the carer and the person living with a disability.
Respite helps maintain a positive relationship between the Carer (family, friend, neighbour) and the individual which they care.
Early Childhood Intervention Online Information Sessions
FREE sessions for parents and/or carers of a child living with a disability or who has developmental delay concerns.
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Support for Carers Program
The Victorian Support for Carers Program is funded by the Victorian Government for unpaid carers. An unpaid carer is a person providing care to another person with care needs. A carer may look after a partner, family member, friend or someone else who needs support.
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Carers Victoria Policy Platform 2022 Summary
In our 2022 policy platform “Care for Victorians” we call for mental health and wellbeing support for all carers, assistance to help carers enter and maintain employment, simple access to carer supports that sustain carers in their role, a greater focus on supporting carers in crisis, and embedding of carer perspectives in key service systems.
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The Warm Safe Home Project is an elder abuse prevention activity. It uses art and story to start conversations about the right of older people to be safe in their homes.
Elder abuse prevention is about creating conditions that ensure that older people are respected and cared for, that they are safe from violence, and live free from fear. These simple and clear aims require us to understand the different beliefs, circumstances, and social conditions that enable elder abuse to happen. The Warm Safe Home project uses the home as a starting point for the conversations that build this understanding and help us to work together to create a world without elder abuse
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