Carers Program
Carers Program
Who is a Carer?

Who is a Carer?

A Carer is a partner (spouse), family member, friend, or neighbour, who provides care and assistance to another person. Care is most often regular and sustained over time without payment other than a Carer Payment or Carer Allowance from Centrelink - this is not considered a wage.

Carers provide support to people:

  • who are aged/frail
  • with disabilities
  • with mental illness
  • with dementia
  • with a terminal illness
  • living with HIV/AIDS
  • with alcohol or other drug dependency

Some examples of the help they provide are:

  • Doing the weekly grocery shopping
  • Cooking meals
  • Doing housework
  • Taking the person they care for to medical appointments
  • Helping the person with showering, dressing and other personal care

People who are paid to provide care to others who are aged and frail, have a disability, chronic illness or condition are often mistakenly called Carers - they are care workers or paid carers.

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