Identifying and definitional attributes
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An informal carer includes any person, such as a family member, friend or neighbour, who is giving regular, ongoing assistance to another person without payment for the care given.
Care and support networks where the carers are unpaid (other than pension or benefit) play a critical role in community services provision, especially in caring for frail aged and younger people with disability within the community.
Information about informal carers is therefore of fundamental importance in assessing the ongoing needs of clients and their carers, and in service planning. The presence of an informal carer is often a key indicator of a person's ability to remain at home, especially if the person requires assistance. The absence of an informal carer, where a vulnerable client lives alone, is an indicator of client risk. Information on client living arrangements and informal carer availability provides an indicator of the potential in-home support and the extent to which the burden of care is absorbed by the informal caring system.
The stability or otherwise of the informal carer's availability may be significant in the capacity of the client continuing to remain at home.
Existing carer definitions (e.g. for purposes of establishing eligibility for Domiciliary Nursing Care Benefits (DNCB/Carer Allowance; Carer's Pension/Carer Payment) definitions used in ABS population, surveys of disability, ageing and carers) vary in context and purpose.
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Supersedes Informal carer, version 2, DEC, NCSDD, NCSIMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (14.6 KB) No registration status
|Data Element Concepts implementing this Object Class:|
Informal carer—activity and participation life area supported
Informal carer—age range
Informal carer—co-residency status
Informal carer—financial assistance type
Informal carer—main activity and participation life area supported
Informal carer—main carer indicator
Informal carer—number of days available to provide care
Informal carer—number of hours available to provide care
Informal carer—number of hours of care provided
Informal carer—primary status
Informal carer—receipt of carer allowance or payment indicator
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