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More than 245,000 South Australians provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition or who is frail aged. Chances are everybody knows at least one carer.

Carers come from all walks of life and provide care for a variety of reasons. In fact, some of the most famous people in history were carers!

Read their stories here and find out what you can do to help those who are caring now. Because caring can happen to anyone, any time.

Albert Einstein

Albert cared for his wife, Elsa

Albert Einstein is famous for many things; mostly for being a genius and having amazing hair.

You might not know that Albert was also a father, a husband… and a carer. At 60 his wife, Elsa, became seriously ill, and he became her carer. Only a year later she passed away. Elsa had been Albert’s partner, his protector and his family for 17 years.

Albert was lucky; when Elsa was sick, he was able to balance work and caring for her. Some are not so fortunate. Family carers save the Australian Federal Government more than $40 billion every year – yet many still struggle to make ends meet. It doesn’t take a quantum physicist to realise carers need better support.

Get involved with Carers SA. Together we can take action and make positive change for South Australia's 220,000 carers.

Because caring can happen to anyone, anytime. Even scientists.

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria cared for her husband, Prince Albert

Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain.

Victoria is one of the most famous people in history, but she was more than just a queen – she wore many hats (or crowns, as it were) throughout her life; she was a mother, a grandmother, a wife and she was a carer.

When her beloved husband, Albert, became sick Victoria’s life changed forever. She had to juggle ruling the British Empire – a bit on the tricky side – and caring for her chronically ill husband. Like 43% of South Australia's  primary carers, she had to balance work and care. Of course, being a queen, she probably had some help.  

If you know, or are, someone who cares for a loved one and needs a little help, head to our Advice for Carers page to learn more.

Because caring can happen to anyone, anytime. Even royalty.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor cared for her husband, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Imagine going from being someone’s wife or husband to their carer overnight. That’s what happened to Eleanor Roosevelt when her husband, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, became ill and was soon paralysed from the waist-down.

Eleanor once said, “A woman is like a teabag. You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water”. Well, that was her hot water moment, and Eleanor proved to be one tough cookie. Not only did she care for Franklin through the worst days of his illness, but she went on to become one of the most famous and influential advocates for social equality and justice in history.

Someone once said of Eleanor that she would rather light a candle than curse the darkness. That’s an attitude we can get behind. There are 2.9 million Australians caring for a loved one; If you know someone who’s caring – and statistics show that you probably do – make their world a little brighter. Donate to Carers SA now.

Because caring can happen to anyone, anytime. Even First Ladies.

Theo van Gogh

Theo cared for his brother, Vincent

He may be the less-famous van Gogh, but without Theo, Vincent may never have been the artist we know him as today.

Back in his day, Vincent van Gogh was not particularly well-known. This, as you can imagine, is not particularly helpful when it comes to making a living as an artist. So when Vincent was poor, Theo would send him money. When Vincent was uninspired, Theo would encourage his talent. And when Vincent began to experience depression and episodes of psychosis, Theo was his support system.

Theo was more to Vincent than a brother; he was also Vincent’s carer, even though they were so often separated by geography. Caring can come in many forms, and from great distances.

Find out how Carers SA can help you care, wherever you are.

Because caring can happen to anyone, anytime. Even if you’re far apart.

Emily Dickinson

Emily cared for her mother, Emily.

In a time when popular poems rhymed, Emily Dickinson made a decision to create her own style and in doing so gave us some of the most beautiful verses in literature.

But while she’s a rock star of the poetry world today, Emily’s life was far from glamorous. In her early 20s, she became her mother’s carer; with her mother chronically ill and unable to move beyond her bed, Emily rarely left the house. She was a carer for some 30 years. Although this meant some serious mother-daughter bonding, it was also a time of social isolation for Emily; because, much like the tens of thousands of South Australian primary carers, Emily took on a lot of caring responsibilities without a lot of help.

At Carers SA, we don’t think anyone should ever have to care alone. Find out how you can meet other carers, share your story and get support.

Because caring can happen to anyone, anytime. Even poets.