Information for carers
As the carer of someone who is living with diabetes, you are a vital member of their healthcare team.
You might help them with their medication, make and accompany them to medical appointments or help with their day-to-day living needs. Your support is absolutely vital to their health and wellbeing.
When caring for someone with diabetes, having a care plan from their doctor can give you some useful guidance and structure around how best to support them.
Talking with their diabetes team, GP or a practice nurse about their care needs can also help you access services like homecare nursing. This can offer you some down time and help to support the quality care you provide.
Caring for someone who has diabetes can be challenging at times, especially if you are caring for a child, an older person or someone with a disability. It’s very important that you get the support you need to manage your own wellbeing too. It may be useful to explore your local community for support programs so that you don’t feel alone in facing these challenges.
Diabetes NSW & ACT provides a range of support services including:
- Community education and prevention programs for people living with or at risk of diabetes, their carers and family.
- A dedicated Helpline (1300 342 238) for anyone seeking support or information including advice from health professionals on diabetes, its complications and prevention strategies.
- A Psychologist on Call service for anyone needing advice and support to cope with the stress and anxiety which can come from caring for a loved one with diabetes. If you would like to access this service please call our Helpline on 1300 342 238 to make an appointment
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) specific education and support.
- Education and programs in a number of different languages that offer culturally appropriate diabetes information.
- Educational forums and events where people living with diabetes and their carers can meet and support one another, as well as learn about the latest in diabetes research and management.
Call our Helpline on 1300 342 238 to find out more about any of these support services.