Carer Relationships

As a carer, you may go through different needs depending on your relationship with the person needing care. While each family member will deal with this in different ways, most carers and other family members will experience grief and loss at some stage.

You can find out more about how each phase impacts your needs depending on your relationship to the person needing care in our interactive program:
The 6 carer phases interactive >>


Parents often have the prime responsibility for investigating symptoms and dealing with the nature of the illness or extent of the condition. You may be juggling that while trying to carry on with the rest of family life and dealing with the impact this will have on yourself, your partner and the rest of the family.

Spouse or partner

A spouse or partner often experiences abandonment and grief at the loss of what was once a supportive relationship. You may experience stress from the person’s changed behavior and emotions, as well as financial and emotional or sexual issues. You may also be juggling work and other family commitments, or even considering the difficult decision about whether or not to stay in the relationship.


For children, the impact and responsibilities of caring can continue throughout their lives and will affect different aspects of their lives. The impact on children will depend on their age and on the condition of the person needing care.


Siblings, brothers or sisters, of someone who needs care can go through a range of emotions from guilt, jealousy, anger and grief. They may feel upset or left out when a sibling needs care, and their own needs often get pushed aside. Siblings need to have their own feelings and hardship acknowledged.

Service providers

Service providers can play a key role in acknowledging and listening to a carer’s needs and providing support services at each phase of the carer’s journey. Service providers can help prepare carers for the emotional impacts of each phase through support, information and resources.

Find out more: The 6 carer phases interactive >>