Are you a carer?
Do you help take care of someone who is frail aged, ill, or who has a disability or mental illness?
Do you help them with things like getting bathed and dressed, moving around, eating, remembering to take medications or attending appointments? Do you provide emotional, social or financial support?
If you answered yes, chances are that you are one of more than 85,000 Tasmanians who provide unpaid practical or emotional support to someone close to them.
Perhaps you’re not a carer yet but think you may become one in the near future. Or maybe you know someone who is a carer.
Did you know that 1 in 6 Tasmanians are carers? Chances are you are either a carer, need a carer, or know a carer.
Who are carers?
A carer provides unpaid practical or emotional support to someone who is frail aged, ill, or who has a disability or mental illness.
Carers often help with simple, day-to-day tasks like bathing, getting dressed, eating, moving around, remembering to take medications, attending appointments or managing finances or household affairs.
Carers may also provide emotional or social support and companionship. Carers come from all walks of life, and from many different family situations.
Some are full-time primary caregivers. Others juggle caring with work, studies and even other family commitments. Some people become carers gradually, while others are thrust into the role by a serious health crisis or accident. Some carers live with the person they are caring for; others may just visit on a regular basis.
In Tasmania, approximately one in six people are in a caring role, which means it’s likely you are either a carer, need a carer yourself, or know a carer.
Types of caring roles
Australian actor Aaron Pedersen has been caring for his brother, Vinnie, for the last four decades.
“It’s my first job really. I’ve always said I’m not really an actor; I’m a carer. Acting’s just my hobby.”
In this short video, Aaron talks about the importance of seeking support while caring for a loved one, and the important role that the Carer Gateway plays.