Resources & Information

Supporting Someone With Diabetes

Do you have diabetes, or support someone who has the condition? Here are tips to ensure good times without compromising good health. By Gail Ellison

Over the past 55 years, since I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, I have been advised to eat a variety of restricted ‘diets', so you can imagine my delight when the rules were relaxed somewhat to give me more leeway in my choices.

Continence: Bathroom Independence for Disabled Children

It's not always easy, but persevering to help your disabled child self-manage in the loo is a lifetime gift.

By Louise Inglis

A holiday wish

Managing one’s own toileting is a life skill most of us take for granted. Our youngest son Kevin, now eight and a half years old, is profoundly affected by autism, intellectual disability and epilepsy. He is completely nonverbal. I desperately want him to have the dignity of caring for his own toileting needs. Join me as I share with you our toilet training journey.

Supporting Others

Mood Disorders: Information for Family and Friends

Mood disorders affect the whole family, not just someone who is experiencing a mental illness. However, friends and families are often left in the dark, struggling to cope and not knowing how they can help.

Someone You Care About has a Mood Disorder is a helpful booklet written especially for family and friends. It was commissioned by Balance NZ – Bipolar and Depression Network and Bipolar Support Canterbury.

Supporting Someone Who Has Depression?

FingerFamilyCaring for a family or whanau member who has depression can be very hard - and it is important to keep yourself well, especially if you are supporting someone who has severe depression. 

It’s important to find ways of getting time out for yourself and to feel okay about this.

It’s not uncommon for a carer to experience anger, guilt or fear.

Rural Support Options

Tight-knit, loyal, renowned for caring on their own and for their own, the strength of NZ's rural communities is legendary. So it’s no wonder that many country folk are reluctant to move away from the place they love best, even as they age or face life-changing circumstances. The question, of course, is do they need to? Diana Noonan explores rural support options.

Practical Planning

Life Coach: Mind Games

Getting your head around a challenging diagnosis, serious injury, long-term disabilities, or a major health trauma can be scary, as life coach Richard Blakeborough knows only too well.

I know that many Family Care readers live with the effects of disabilities, chronic conditions, and life-threatening illnesses, so thought I might explore some of the issues this raises for anyone in this situation and their families.

Caring For You

Ministry of Health: Information for Older People

YoungOldHandsIf you support an older person, visit the Services for Older People section of the Ministry of Health’s website for helpful information and resources. 

Supporting Others

Inspiration: Journaling For Health

JournalingWhether it's to record your life, vent feelings, or learn about yourself, keeping a diary is a healthy hobby!

Caring For You

Guidelines on Physical Activity for Older People

GuidelinesPhysicalActivityThe Ministry of Health's Guidelines on Physical Activity for Older People are designed to help New Zealanders aged 65 years and over live longer and healthier lives. 

The document gives the following five key recommendations:

Caring For You

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Personal Medical Alarms

Personal medical alarms and monitors give peace of mind, and help many Kiwis remain independent in their own homes. By Diana Noonan. 

Supporting Others

Managing Medications At Home

Many New Zealanders who have health or disability needs or a chronic condition need to take a number of medications several times a day. Managing medications is a home health basic!

  • Complete a medications list and keep it updated. Ensure refill information is also current. 

  • Be sure you know what each medication is for. Know what each medication does (relieves pain, etc). Talk about what will happen if the medication is not taken (symptoms might worsen, condition might get worse).

Supporting Others

Research: Cost of Disability Report 2010

This document describes the findings from the Cost of Disability research project conducted by the Disability Resource Centre Auckland, Inc (DRC Auckland) in collaboration with the University of Auckland’s Centre for Health Services Research and Policy (CHSRP). 

Supporting Others


How Carers NZ can help