Carer support programs
Wesley Mission is committed to providing services for carers that best suit their needs. Everyone’s different, we get that. That’s why we take the time to talk with you to better understand your needs so we provide services that best fit you.
Young carers program
This program supports young carers up to 18 years old by providing direct and indirect respite services, educational assistance such as tutoring and information services and peer support for the young carers to help them balance their care responsibilities with social participation. The program also supports young carers completion of secondary education or the vocational equivalent to reduce their risk of prematurely leaving secondary education. For young carers in respite, this program funds and facilitates social activities during school holiday terms from personal care, domestic tasks and other care tasks either in the home or the community.
Self-referrals can be made by young people or they may be referred by family members, friends, school support staff or GPs. Transport can be provided to social or support activities. Tuition for young carers who are having difficulty with their schooling may also be available.
Mental health program
The mental health program is for carers of people with an intellectual disability, autism or those experiencing mental health issues. The service is based on eligibility and is designed to increase carers’ access to direct and indirect respite services.
Respite enables carers to maintain ongoing care responsibilities and take a short break from their caring role, supporting them with the time and space to focus on other commitments or personal needs. Respite can be provided for carers through short-term in-home respite or community based respite services.
Indirect respite services may also be available for carers of people with mental health issues. These include services such as carer education and training, support groups, and social or recreational activities that give carers a break from their caring role. Respite services that provide carers with coping and networking strategies to further assist them in their caring roles are also available.
Dementia support program
The Inner West Commonwealth Respite & Carelink Centre (CRCC) support program provides information, education and support to carers of people with dementia and associated challenging behaviours. The program aims to improve the quality of life of people living with dementia by increasing the competence and confidence of their carers. The program provides courses that enhance care skills and incorporates processes that connect carers to information.
Short-term in-home and community based respite services are available for carers of people with dementia. These services play a crucial role in supporting carers in their caring role; enabling them to build resilience and helping them avoid crisis situations or emergencies. Carers of people with dementia, or challenging behaviours related to dementia, can also access cottages or other overnight residential facilities for respite. The recipient must have a current referral from an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT), identifying whether low or high level care is required. Financial assistance may be available depending on the assessed need. Carers may also be provided with guided referrals and tailored information linking them into local carer support groups and identifying them for appropriate ongoing services.
If you’re a carer living in the inner west, you can access support from the CRCC to navigate respite and travel services or to register for specialised support programs including:
- carers of the frail aged
- carers of people with dementia
- carers of people with end stage palliative care
- aging carers
- carers of people with mental illness
- carers of people with autism
- carers of people with intellectual disabilities
- young carers under the age of 25
- Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Carers
- carers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD).
The CRCC also provides information and guided referrals for:
- aged care and disability services including transport, meal preparation and home modifications
- mental health support
- advocacy organisations
- carer and support groups
- counselling services
- in-home, centre-based and emergency respite services.