Who are carers?
A carer is a person (family member, friend or neighbour) who regularly provides support to someone with a disability, mental illness, drug or alcohol problem, chronic condition, terminal illness, or who is experiencing age-related frailty.
Carers are not paid for this role though they may receive a Centrelink allowance or payment.
Carers are a very diverse group and each caring situation is unique. Caring may involve providing a few hours per week assistance through to sustained 24 hour care. It may also involve balancing work and caring responsibilities.
A carer may provide assistance with a range of activities including; personal care, health care, communication, housework, meal preparation, medication management, transport, social and emotional support, financial management, substitute decision making and other aspects of the person's daily life.
More information and carer fact sheets available at Carers NSW.
748,000 people in NSW are carers. Over one half of carers who provide the majority of ongoing assistance to a person provide at least twenty hours of care a week. A third of them have been caring for at least ten years and over seventy percent of carers are women.
NSW Health, 2007
ANYONE, ANYTIME......Can be a Carer!