Carers have poorer health than most Australians and are often at risk of hurting themselves, particularly their backs, due to demands of their caring role such as lifting and carrying. By following some simple rules when doing everyday tasks or when helping someone else to move, the risk of injury can be reduced:
When you are caring for someone who needs help with moving, such as a child with a physical disability or an elderly parent, it's important to think about the future. Caring for your back and obtaining ideas for moving and lifting from Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy staff is recommended. They can also find equipment to assist you in the home. See Important Links for information from the Sydney Children's Hospital on back care for parents which may also be helpful for your situation.
In 2007 ENABLE was established as a NSW service to provide equipment support for people with a disability. Enable provides cost effective, clinically appropriate items to help. Examples are manual wheelchairs, mobile shower commodes, hoists, continence and nutrition products and speech generating devices. Eligibility criteria for each category of equipment apply. See Important Links for more information: