We recognise that mental illness can be associated with emotional distress and family disruption. The prospect of caring for your loved one can be daunting, but it can also be an extremely rewarding role.
At New Farm Clinic, our aim is to help you to adjust to your carer role and we will support and encourage you to maintain a positive outlook. With an approved patient’s carer consent form we can provide you with information and involve you in decisions regarding current care, tests and treatment options for the person being treated. Most importantly, we can assist you to make plans for post hospital care and assist you in developing contingencies for managing any relapse your loved one may experience.
New Farm Clinic have developed a Carers Guide – Discharge planning & Support brochure with information compiled for families and friends who are caring for a loved one who has a mental illness.
The aim of this guide is to:
- provide some general education about mental illness;
- identify strategies for managing and supporting a person experiencing mental health problems;
- provide strategies on how to communicate more effectively;
- encourage carers to look after their own wellbeing; and
- provide information about community services that offer ongoing support.
Further information is available in the Carer’s Pack provided upon admission.
Revised 19 March 2012