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Informal carer—main carer indicator

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element Concept
Synonymous names:Help on this termMain carer indicator, Main carer flag
METeOR identifier:Help on this term496086
Registration status:Help on this termDisability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 10/04/2013
Definition:Help on this termAn indicator of whether an informal carer is a main carer.

Object Class attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Object class:Informal carer
Definition:Help on this term

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.

Context:Help on this term

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.

Specialisation of:Help on this termService/care provider

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

The definition excludes formal care services such as homecare, care provided by volunteers or foster care that is arranged by formal services. It also excludes unregistered child carers who are receiving payment for their services. Where a potential carer is not prepared to undertake the caring role, the carer is considered to be not available.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Origin:Help on this term

Commonwealth Department of Health and Family Services 1998. Home and Community Care (HACC) data dictionary version 1.0: Home and Community Care Program National Minimum Data Set. Cat. no. AIHW 3600. Canberra: AIHW.

Property attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Property:Main carer indicator
Definition:Help on this termAn indicator of whether a carer is a main carer.
Property group:Help on this termInformal assistance characteristics

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this termA main carer is the carer who provides the most significant care and assistance related to the care recipient's capacity to remain living in their current environment.

Data element concept attributes

Relational attributes

Data Elements implementing this Data Element Concept:Help on this term

Informal carer—main carer indicator, code N Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 10/04/2013

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