Often, people associate the term “carer” with a specific image or scenario. The first thing that comes to mind is that of a paid professional looking after someone in a medical setting. However, in Australia, there are almost 2.65 million unpaid carers. That is one person in 9.
So, do you care?
Many people wouldn’t consider themselves carers; they see themselves supporting someone they are emotionally connected to, whether a partner, family member, parent, or child. You may be an unpaid carer without realising that you are.
Unpaid carers’ main responsibilities typically involve shopping, housework, cooking, home maintenance and providing transportation.
How much do you care?
The unpaid care provided could be short-term or for a longer period, with unpaid care provided in various ways. You may be caring for someone 24 hours a day or looking after someone who is primarily independent but sometimes needs a little help.
Who do you care for?
Carers can be of any age and can be caring for anyone – a parent, friend, child, sibling, or neighbour, for various reasons. Maybe you are caring for a family member or friend with a disability, a medical condition, a mental illness, or someone who is older and frail.
Who cares for the Carers?
It is completely acceptable to seek assistance whenever you require it.
Seeking assistance before experiencing a crisis or becoming overwhelmed is advantageous for both the caregiver and the individual receiving care.
Carer Gateway is a free service designed by carers for carers, and they provide a range of free support and local services to give carers the help they need.