We tend to use the word ‘carer’ quite generally as there are a broad range of people and job types that fall underneath this umbrella term.
All of them, however, provide the best care to you and your loved ones. From in-home check-ups to full-time care, let’s break down the role of a carer.
From in-home check-ups to full-time care, let’s break down the role of a carer.
Who is a carer?
A carer is a person providing either paid or unpaid care to a client or loved one. In Australia, about 1 in 11 people are carers to somebody.
Care roles underpin our society. A parent is a carer to a child, a partner can be a carer after an accident or a registered carer can assist elderly people.
Overall, a carer is somebody helping out another person to improve their quality of life.
Sometimes people with physical or mental disabilities may need a helping hand around the house. A carer can come to a place of residence to provide a range of care exercises including:
- Assisting with food preparation
- Helping someone to eat
- Making sure the home is safe and secure
The role of the carer is to give the individual some independence and help in areas where they can’t help themselves.
In the same way a carer can come over to help you around the house, a carer could also fulfil the role of assisting you with personal care.
Aiming to give people a sense of independence and dignity, a carer can:
- Assist with showering, hygiene and dressing
- Assist you with grooming and hair maintenance
- Provide toileting support
And much more.