A carer is usually a family member or friend who provides ongoing support to children or adults who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition or who are frail aged. They may care for a few hours a week or all day, every day. Carers are not paid but may be eligible for government income support. The person providing the most care is often called the primary carer.
The Aged Care and Rehabilitation Service strongly supports carers in their role, through both its carer support philosophy and carer support services, such as respite.
Sydney LHD also offers a comprehensive Carers Program which provides a range of information and support services.