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Carers provide unpaid ongoing support to family or friends with disability, age-related frailty or chronic illness. They can be partners, parents, children, friends, neighbours or colleagues who provide assistance with personal care, lifting, mobility, administering medication, banking, shopping or housework.
One in eight South Australians are carers. They come from all walks of life, all cultures and all age groups. Most of us will either be carers or require care at some point in our lives.
Caring is a role that can be both rewarding but also costly in terms of life opportunities, financial security and health. The Department's Office for Carers supports those who support others by:
- administering the South Australian Carers Recognition Act 2005 that acknowledges the valuable role of carers in the community and guides government agencies in their interactions with carers
- building on the commitments of the Act with our strategic plan - We Care: Our Plan for South Australian Carers - that helps address the needs of carers.