Caring for Carers

This program helps individuals caring for someone who is living with dementia through highly practical information and a listening ear, either in person or over the phone.

Many people don’t have a choice when they take on this caring role, a role that can be upsetting and stressful at times but can also be rewarding. Our specialist therapist’s one-on-one sessions with carers give them extra support and information to help better manage their caring role and reduce feelings of anxiety and loneliness.

Carers who have used the program say it helps to talk openly about feelings and problems to someone who is outside their family circle.

Issues and concerns that can be covered in the sessions with the specialist therapist include:

  • understanding the changes that occur as dementia progresses, such as mannerisms and habits
  • changes in the relationship between the carer and the person they are caring for
  • finding ways to deal with different situations day to day
  • taking breaks from caring, and how this can be arranged
  • dealing with grief and loss
  • planning for the future
  • making the most of every moment.

Carers choose the session plan that suits them. It can be a single session with the therapist, a package of sessions over four weeks or another arrangement. The sessions can be at home or by telephone or be a combination of both. If needed the therapist can also undertake follow-up tailored research to find useful information for the carer’s circumstances.

Carers are welcome to arrange a single home visit or telephone consultation to discuss the program with the specialist therapist before making any further decision. Please call us on 1300 147 147 to discuss.

Who is eligible

Anyone who is living with a person with dementia and supporting him or her to stay at home is eligible for the Caring for Carers program.


Costs are calculated according to the sessions the carer selects, starting at $39.60 for a half-hour phone consultation plus follow-up tailored research.

Caring for Carers helps carers to continue supporting a person who is living with dementia. Therefore the costs can be covered by a Home Care Package.

Contact us

Call us on 1300 147 147 to discuss or email bacci(at)

Carers who are caring for someone receiving a Brotherhood Home Care Package can talk to their case manager.

Caring for Carers
2–4 Overton Road, Frankston, Victoria 3199
Phone: 1300 147 147
Email: agedcare(at)

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