Carers of Stroke Survivor
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The Carers Victoria website contains a mine of information that could be invaluable to the carers of stroke survivors, including information about the role of carers in our society.
Who are carers?
Carers come from all walks of life, all cultures and all religions. Some are only 10 years old while others are nearing 90. They may be spouses, parents, sons or daughters, siblings, friends, nieces or nephews or neighbours. Over 2.6 million Australians provide help and support to a family member or friend - caring can happen to anyone, anytime.
How do people become carers?
People become carers in different ways. Sometimes it happens gradually - helping out more and more as a person’s health and independence get worse over time. It may also happen suddenly - after a health crisis (like a stroke or heart attack) or an accident. It's not uncommon for carers to feel that they don’t really have a choice. Even in large families the responsibility of providing care is often left to one person rather than being shared. Many carers feel that it is what they should do.
What do carers do?
Every care situation is different. Some carers provide 24 hour nursing aid to a family member with high care needs. They help with daily needs and activities like feeding, bathing, dressing, toileting, lifting and moving and administering medications. Others care for people who are fairly independent but may need someone to keep an eye on them or help with them with tasks like banking, transport, shopping and housework. Most carers give comfort, encouragement and reassurance to the person they care for, oversee their health and wellbeing, monitor their safety and help them stay as independent as possible. Carers help their family members to have a good quality of life.