Are you visible in your community? There are more than 2.6 million carers and, of these 700,00 Australians that are the primary carers for their loved one. This incredible group of Australians are providing an estimated $40.9 billion of care annually. It’s an enormous responsibility. Most are unpaid. Most do this selflessly. And it is not an easy task.
Carers Australia is a national body that provides advice and information to this incredible group of Australians. They cite some astounding statistics about what these carers provide to their loved one:
35% of primary carers provide care for 40 or more hours a week, which can go on for many years. 31% of prim
ary carers have been caring for more than 10 years, and 6% have been caring for more than 25 years.
Here, at iNightingale, we worry about this group of individuals. Particularly the 520,000 carers that are aged over 65 years of age. If you are aged over 65 years and are providing care for more than 40 hours a week and are doing this day-in, day-out without respite for years: that is a tough challenge. We worry, “Are you looking after yourself, too?” We think there is a good chance that you’re not. And we applaud your selflessness.
There are risks. There are risks to yourself and there are risks for those to whom you provide care. We, as nurses, have all seen some tragic stories of misadventure when the carer falls ill or has an accident. This is Phill’s guide to ensuring that you and your significant other stay visible in your community which will keep you safe if something goes wrong.
Have you been isolated in your home because you’re so focused on your caring responsibilities? How do you feel about the risks of this isolation?
Phill Tsingos is a Director of inightingale. Qualified Registered nurse. He has been a nurse his entire adult life (Circa: 1993). He thrives on the daily challenges of working in an emergency department (Clinical teacher). Phill’s mission is everyone should have the best quality of life possible. He has made caring for people a life long devotion (perhaps even an obsession). Seeing many people suffer as a result of inadequate care at home. Phill wanted to be the prevention not the cure. That is how iNightingale was born. Phill loves questions or comments or general chin wag at firstname.lastname@example.org Google