COVID-19 advice for carers
As a carer, during the COVID-19 pandemic you may be feeling concerned about what it means for you and the person you care for. Your role as a carer already requires extra responsibility of caring for someone and is a commitment that is expected of you as a family member or friend.
You may be caring for someone who has a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, dementia, alcohol or drug related problem or someone who is elderly.
It is important for you as a carer and the people you care about to remain well.
Looking after your mental health is also important.
Remember: Stay home if you are sick or feel unwell and talk to your GP about being tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms.
Caring for those at greater risk
The following people are at greater risk of more serious illness if they have COVID-19:
- people aged 70 years and over
- people aged 65 years and over with chronic medical conditions
- people with compromised immune systems
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 50.
Carers of those at risk should take precautions and talk to their doctor about what is appropriate for them and those in their care.
Support and advice
South Australian resources
- Carers information (SA Government)
- Carers — partnering with you (SA Health)
- Carers SA
- Children and students with disability – COVID-19 and safety web page (Department for Education)
- Respite and other support for carers (SA Government)
- Caring for someone: My Aged Care (Australian Government)
- Carer Gateway COVID-19 information (Australian Government)
- Information and referrals for people with disability and their supporters (Australian Department of Social Services)
- NDIS COVID-19 information
Need to speak to someone?
If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can also call the National Relay Service on 1133 677.