Carer and Home Support

Carer and Home Support is all about taking care of you

A carer is someone who provides unpaid care to a partner, relative or friend who is unable to manage without their assistance.  While the role can be very rewarding, it can also be challenging and impact on the carer’s physical and emotional wellbeing.

Our Carer Support Programs are designed to support you with practical information and can offer a range of flexible respite and support options to suit your individual needs and the person you are caring for.

Options include:

  •         Flexible respite in your own home or in the community
  •         Home care services including meal preparation and personal care
  •         Emergency support
  •         Carer advocacy
  •         Social support and events
  •         Carer wellbeing activities
  •         Counselling and emotional support
  •         Special interest and community groups
  •         Education and information
  •         Referral to long-term support services
  •         Planning for the future

Whether you need a break or ongoing support in your caring role, help is just a phone call away.  

In-home respite is available in all areas of Victoria. VMCH has government-funded respite in some areas.

Please click on the below Regions to learn about support available in your area.

Eastern Metro Region

With support from the Victorian Government, we assist carers who live in Melbourne’s eastern region or who are caring for someone who resides there if they:

  • Care for an older person (over 65 years)
  • Are an older carer themselves
  • Care for someone with dementia (including younger onset dementia)
  • Care for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander over 45 years, or with an age-related condition
  • Care for someone with mental health issues

Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged (ACHA)*

VMCH is also funded by the Australian Government to provide Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged (ACHA). This is for frail, disadvantaged older people who are renting or who are at risk of homelessness, and provides help to meet accommodation and support needs.

ACHA is available to people who are living in the Cities of Knox and Maroondah and the Shire of Yarra Ranges who:

  • Are aged over 50 years
  • Receive a low income and do not own a house
  • Live in rented and/or insecure housing
  • Are at risk of homelessness

Further information: 

T: 1300 971 720
F: 9837 6693
E: accesseast@vmch.com.au

 

Hume Region

The Hume Region has a team of dedicated staff with office locations in both Wangaratta and Shepparton servicing the whole Region.

The Commonwealth Carer Respite Centre is available to provide carers with respite, information and support. Villa Maria Catholic Homes is a provider of respite through this program.  

 

Mental Health Respite: Carers Support*

This program offers short-term, flexible respite care options for carers and family members of people who have autism, intellectual disability or other mental health conditions.

This may include:

  • counselling, education and advice
  • peer support and social events
  • emotional wellbeing group based and individual education programs,
  • in-home respite support
  • funding to participate in personal wellbeing and community activities
  • and other forms of assistance to support the caring role.

Our team of Mental Health Care Support staff work in partnership with the mental health networks to support a regional coordination of carer services, providing flexibility and choice for carers, access to appropriate services, information, advocacy and support.

 

Respite Support for Carers of Young People with Severe and Profound Disabilities*

The Severe and Profound program in Hume Region provides immediate and short-term respite to carers of young people with severe or profound disability.

It also provides access to information, respite care and other support or assistance appropriate to the individual needs and circumstances of both carers and care recipients.

We aim to ensure that short-term and unplanned respite support, for carers whose needs are not being met, is available through existing Australian Government or state/territory government initiatives.

 

Dementia Education and Training for Carers Program*

VMCH's Dementia Education and Training for Carers Program is designed to support carers of people with dementia and challenging behaviours.

Designed to suit your needs as a carer, the program provides individual or group-based training on topics to assist you in your caring role.

 

Young Carers*

A young carer is a child or young person under 25 years who provides support for a family member who has a chronic illness, disability, mental health problem or is frail aged.

Our Carer Support Program supports young carers in the Hume Region to access carer services and information that is responsive to their needs. Support is also available through education, workshops and counselling.

Young Carer Mentors

Villa Maria Catholic Homes’ Young Carers Mentor Program is seeking volunteer mentors to help support young people living in the Hume region who take on the caring role for a family member who is unwell, or has a disability. To find out more about the program click here.

Further information:

T: 1800 052 222, 1300 971 720

E: humereferrals@vmch.com.au

 

Grampians/Barwon South Western Region

Commonwealth Home Support Program – Respite Services

Villa Maria Catholic Homes supports carers of frail aged people and people with dementia and challenging behaviours across the Grampians and Barwon South Western regions.

Our Carer Support team can support carers with help at home or in the community, and group community access opportunities.

We understand that everyone’s needs are different, therefore respite is always tailored to suit the individual needs of the carer.

The respite program offers short-term care to help a family or individual take a break from the daily routine and stress of caring for someone who is frail aged, or has dementia and or challenging behaviours.

Assistance with linking to long term services, planning and support is the primary focus for the program with a strong emphasis on respite and individual support options.

 

Mental Health Respite: Carers Support*

This program offers short-term, flexible respite care options for carers and family members of people who have autism, intellectual disability or other mental health conditions.

This may include:

  • counselling, education and advice
  • peer support and social events
  • emotional wellbeing group based and individual education programs
  • in-home respite support
  • funding to participate in personal wellbeing and community activities
  • other forms of assistance to support the caring role.

Our team of Mental Health Care Support staff work in partnership with the mental health networks to support a regional coordination of carer services, providing flexibility and choice for carers, access to appropriate services, information, advocacy and support.

 

Further information:

T: Carer Access on 1300 971 720
E: carerservicesgrampians@vmch.com.au 

*Supported by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.  Visit the Department of Social Services website www.dss.gov.au for more information. 

*The Support for Carers Program delivered by VMCH in the Eastern Metro Region is supported by the Victorian Government. 

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