Support for Parents and Carers
As a parent or carer, we know you have a very busy role. That's why we're here to give you a break with our variety of home support services.
We offer home support and respite, plus family education and support to help you and your family.
You can also have your say on the services your child receives and connect with other families at our Parents and Guardians Association.
Check out more info about our services below or free call us on 1800 275 753!
Do you need an extra hand around the house? At CPL, we’re here to give you a well deserved break whenever you need it with our flexible home support and respite services.
Read more about CPL's home support and respite.
You don’t need government funding to access our children’s services! Here’s a step-by-step guide
to our payment and funding options that you may be eligible for.
Read more about payment and funding options.
Are you a busy parent looking for a reliable after school care and vacation care program for your child? Our fun and educational programs are designed especially for kids with disabilities and their siblings so they can get the support they need, while doing the things they enjoy.
Read more about CPL's after school care and vacation care programs.
Do you need information and support for your family?
Sharing your stories and experiences with others can be really powerful, particularly when you’re going through some tough times or if you’re new to everything. Learn tools that will help you be more resilient, better able to manage stress, plan for the future and develop a strong network of support.
We can help your family to:
- Meet other families and build a support network
- Access information and services
- Explore your family’s strengths and challenges
- Manage stress
- Navigate life-stage transitions and plan for the future
offers free peer support groups for parents and/or carers with a child with a disability or chronic medical condition. It is a great opportunity for parents and carers to socialise and share ideas with others who understand the rewards and intensity of the caring role.
Read more about the MyTime program.
“It’s not as spontaneous as other people’s lives, because of our need to pack equipment and wheelchairs and so forth whenever we go out somewhere, but we make it work.” - Kathy, Tim’s mum.
The physical and emotional demands of caring for a child with a disability can be high and often carers put the needs of others before their own.
It's important to remember to look after yourself and take time out for hobbies and outside interests.
This information is an excerpt from 'You Are Not Alone - A Carer's Journey'.
If your sleep is disturbed by having to care for someone, ensure you:
- Have a supportive bed that is conducive to sleep
- Have some help so you can get an unbroken night's sleep at least one night a week
- Cut down on tea and coffee in the evening
- Take some time to relax, even if it's just for a short time every day - have a warm bath, go for a walk, read, meditate, do yoga or practice relaxation techniques
- If you can't sleep, try not to lie there worrying. Get up and do something for 30 minutes that relaxes you like watching TV, listening to music or reading a book.
- Do some regular exercise
Being 'fit' means being able to perform well in a variety of physically exerting circumstances. For most parents and carers, it means keeping yourself fit enough to cope with the physical demands of caring for someone.
Here are some easy steps to guide you to better fitness:
- Get the support of your loved ones - ask each loved one to help support and respect your wish to get 'fit' and your desire to lead a more healthy lifestyle
- Incorporate more physical activity - try challenging your body by increasing the intensity of exercise
- Do a variety of exercise - variety is the spice of life so make exercise fun by enjoying a diversity of physical activities throughout the week
- Incorporate some strength training - doing resistance training two to three times a week can greatly improve the strength and tone of your muscles
- Give your body the right fuel - eating a balanced diet with all the essential nutrients will give you the energy needed to keep you going through the day
- Allow your body to rest - make sure you get enough sleep to let your body recover and renew
- Get a check-up - monitor your own health and wellbeing
Do you want to have a say on the services your child receives? Join CPL’s Parents and Guardians Association! By being part of a dedicated group of family members and advocates, you can have a direct say in issues that affect your child and the services they receive.
At CPL, we really value your opinion. Making sure our services meet the needs of you and your child is our number one priority. That's why you'll also have the opportunity to meet with the Board and senior management of CPL to provide a family perspective on organisational decisions. This means you can make a direct impact on any big issues important to you and other families.
The Parents and Guardians Association meet regularly and is open to any interested family member or advocate of a person who receives a service from CPL. Please contact your local CPL service to get involved and have your say!
You don’t need government funding to access any of our services! Here's the list of prices for CPL's services
Read CPL's step-by-step guide
to our payment and funding options:
Did you know that CPL can help you manage your funding? CPL’s My Life Host Provider
can give you choice and control over your services whether you access CPL services or use another service provider. We'll work with you to set your goals and create a personalised support plan. We can even organise your support services for you! CPL is also an approved host provider under the Queensland Government's Your Life Your Choice
Read more about CPL's My Life Host Provider.
Three years ago, Bruce Clark was a single, 30-something man on a six-figure income taking life as it came. Then he became sole carer to his nephew Luke and now everything is a “big learning curve.”
Posted by CPL on Friday, February 5, 2016
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