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Informal carer—co-residency indicator, code N

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termInformal carer co-residency indicator
Synonymous names:Help on this termCarer residency status
METeOR identifier:Help on this term621304
Registration status:Help on this termDisability, Standard 29/02/2016
Definition:Help on this term

An indicator of whether an informal carer lives with the person for whom they care, as represented by a code.

Data Element Concept:Informal carer—co-residency indicator

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
1Co-resident carer
2Non-resident carer
Supplementary values:Help on this term
9Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

CODE 1    Co-resident carer

A co-resident carer is a person who provides care and assistance on a regular and sustained basis to a person who lives in the same household.

CODE 2    Non-resident carer

A non-resident or visiting carer is a person who provides care and assistance on a regular and sustained basis to someone who usually lives in a different household.

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Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

This item is usually used to record the residency status of the person who provides most care to the person.

If a client has both a co-resident (e.g. a spouse) and a visiting carer (e.g. a daughter or son), the coding response should be related to the carer who provides the most significant care and assistance related to the client's capacity to remain living at home. The expressed views of the client and/or their carer(s) or significant other should be used as the basis for determining this.

Collection methods:Help on this term

This item can be collected when either the carer or the person being cared for is the client of an agency.

Agencies may be required to collect this item at the beginning of each service episode. Agencies should also assess the currency of this information at subsequent assessments or re-assessments.

Some agencies may record this information historically so that they can track changes over time. Historical recording refers to the practice of maintaining a record of changes over time where each change is accompanied by the appropriate date.

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This item helps to establish a profile of the characteristics of informal carers and as such increases knowledge about the dynamics and patterning of the provision of informal care. In particular, whether the informal carer lives with the person for whom they care or not is one indication of the level of informal support available to clients and of the intensity of care provided by the carer.

This data element can be used to identify whether the carer is a co-resident carer (as per the Australian Bureau of Statistics Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers) and thereby facilitates comparisons with population estimates of the number of informal carers who are also co-resident carers. This is important in the estimation of need for services.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Supersedes Carer co-residency, version 1, DE, NCSDD, NCSIMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (16.8 KB)

Supersedes Informal carer—co-residency status, code N Health, Recorded 13/05/2008, Disability, Superseded 29/02/2016, Community Services (retired), Standard 01/03/2005

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term
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Disability Services NMDS 2015–16 Disability, Superseded 28/09/2016

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Disability Services NMDS 2016–17 Disability, Superseded 15/12/2017

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Disability Services NMDS 2017–18 Disability, Superseded 05/07/2019

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Disability Services NMDS 2018–19 Disability, Standard 05/07/2019

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