Build a support network
Caring for someone with vision loss requires a support team that’s centred around the person who requires care, in partnership with the primary carer.
A support team may consist of:
- your general practitioner
- eye health professionals (optometrist, ophthalmologist, orthoptist)
- rehabilitation professionals (occupational therapists, orientation and mobility instructors)
- low vision service providers
- carers associations and support groups
- community organisations and local councils
- other family members
The Carer Gateway is website maintained by the Department of Social Services and is the one stop shop and primary resource for Australian carers.
The Carer Gateway provides a range of practical supports including confidential phone counselling, information about eligibility for carer payment, concessions or other financial assistance plus a range of valuable resources to help you in your caring role.
For specific information about caring for someone with low vision, MDFA’s National Helpline (1800 111 709) is a free service providing information, advice and wellbeing support for people with macular disease, their families and carers.