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Questions for carers to ask the team caring for your loved one

Some of the questions found here may not be relevant to the stage of care of your friend or family member. But it is always good to clarify and ask any questions of the team caring for your loved one that you may have. No question is ever a wrong question, and your health care provider will always aim to answer all the questions you may have.

  • What skills will I need as a carer?
  • Do you think I can look after my partner, relative or friend at home?
  • Can I get help if I cannot manage?
  • What can I do if I am not coping?
  • How can I best support the person I am caring for?
  • What should I do if my partner, relative or friend won’t eat very much?
  • If my partner, relative or friend eats more will this make them live longer?
  • How can I assist health professionals to talk to my partner, relative or friend in a way that respects their personality/culture?
  • Who can I talk to if I am concerned about the care my partner relative or friend is receiving?
  • If I cannot manage to look after my partner, relative or friend at home, how can we come to terms with this?
  • What should I say when the person I am caring for asks: ‘Am I dying?’
  • Will you be able to tell me when it is getting close to the time that he/she will die?
  • When should I call the rest of the family? What should I say to them? Could you speak with them?
  • How do I know when he/she has died?
  • What happens after he/she dies (eg: what happens to their body, how do we arrange a funeral)?
  • What support is available for the family after the person dies?

As a carer you may be responsible for management of medication, and may need to provide emotional, social or financial support.

For services and supports available for carers connect to your nearest Carers Association or call 1800 242 636 to access carers supports and services.

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