b'Knowing where to go for support if you are in a caring roleIfyouareinacaringroleforanotherperson Carer Support ServiceNorthern itisimportanttoknowthatyoucanaskfor Sydney Local Health District assistance.Caringforsomeoneelsecanbe (NHLSD)veryrewardingbutitcanalsobeemotional,stressfulandtiring,especiallyifyouare ItcanbecomplexbeingaCarer,thatiswhynotgettingtimeforyourselforfindingthe theCarersSupportServiceassistscarersrelevantstrategiesandsupportforyour tonavigatetheHealthandcommunityparticularcircumstances. servicesystems.Doyouwanttoknowwhathelpandsupportisavailabletoyou?ThisCarer Gateway serviceassistsyoutofindtherightservicesTheCarerGatewayisaphoneandonline foryouandyourfamilymemberincludingservicethatprovidespracticalinformation helpifyourfamilymemberisinhospital.andsupportforcarers.Byengagingwith DoyouwanttojoinaCarersupportgroup?thegatewayearlyoninyourcaringrole, Thisservicecanlinkyoutosupportgroupsyoucanaccessarangeofwaystoincrease andactivitiestakingplaceintheNorthernyourskillsasacarerandreducethestrain Sydneyregion.ofcaring.Youcangetthesupportyou ContactNSLHDCarerSupportService(atneedbeforereachingacrisispoint.You RoyalNorthShoreHospital)on9462 9488.canalsocontactthegatewayifyourequireemergencyrespitecaretolookafterthepersonyoucareforintheeventofanurgentorunplannedeventwhichstopsyoufrombeingthere.Thegatewaycanreferyoutoshort-termcounsellingsupport,assistyouwithcarersupportplanningandconnectyouwithpeopleinsimilarcaringsituations.You mayalsobeeligibleforatailored financialpackage.Thesepackages maygiveyouone-offpractical supportssuchasapieceofequipment orotheritemthatassistsyouinyour caringroleorothersupportssuch asrespiteortransportovera twelve-monthperiod.ContacttheCarerGatewayon 1800 422 737.LivingatHomeandStayingConnected17'