|Depending on your relationship with the person you cared for, your practical issues will vary. For example, caring for your partner will bring up different issues then those you would face if you were caring for one of your children or your mum or dad.|
|Whatever your situation, you may fache challenges with sorting out money matter such as:|
- earning and managing income to provide for yourself or your family
- life insurance
- superannuation funds.
|You may also have the added worry of coping with going back to work or study. Or you may find yourself in the situation where you need to work more hours to cover your family costs now. Everyone’s situation will be different. |
Whatever your situation, sorting out work and money matters takes time and energy. Many people say they find it very stressful. However, knowing where to get help and who to ask for help about practical issues may lessen your stress. See our links, below.
|Go to Caring for yourself|
Useful links and resources
- Talking to children about cancer is a useful book by the Cancer Council New South Wales.
- Sexuality and cancer by Cancer Council Victoria may be helpful if your sexual life has been affected by cancer or its treatment.
Support for carers
- Caring for someone with cancer is a booklet by Cancer Council Victoria.
- Living well after canceris a comprehensive booklet by Cancer Council Victoria.
- Call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20 and speak with a cancer nurse. You can ask them about their Family Cancer Connect and about support groups that may help you. Cancer Connect is a free phone peer support service that puts people in touch with others who've had a similar cancer experience.
- Moneyhelp offers free, confidential and independent financial information for Victorians experiencing job loss or reduced working hours.See FIDO (Australian Securities and Investments Commission) to find a financial counsellor.
- The DoHA can help with financial and practical matters (1300 650 172).
- For information on disability, sickness and carers payments, call Centrelink on 13 27 17.
- You may be eligible for help with childcare costs: call the Family Assistance Office on 13 61 50.
|Some of this information was adapted with permission from the Cancer Council Victoria booklet Caring for someone with cancer.|