Physical concerns

Providing physical care is a challenge for many carers.

Learn how to lift safely – If the person you’re looking after needs help to get out of bed, ask the palliative care nurse, doctor or physiotherapist to show you the safest way to do this, as it’s easy to injure your back.

Get help – Talk to your doctor about services you can access. Home nursing services and a palliative care team can provide professional help at home. The My Aged Care website lists available services and explains how to arrange access. 

Take a break – You may want to consider accessing respite care to give you a break. This may be for a few hours or days or for longer periods, depending on your needs, the needs of the person with cancer, and what services are available in your area.

Respite care can happen in your home or at facilities such as an overnight respite cottage, a day centre or residential care facility.

You may be able to access respite through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme. Start by contacting My Aged Care or speak to your doctor. Go to Support and information to see what support services you can access.

This information was last reviewed in December 2016
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