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Who is an in-home carer or support worker right for?

One of the biggest barriers a person faces when living with a disability or illness, or as they age, is a disconnection from their previous social participation. Suddenly becoming faced with limited mobility, and possibly housebound, they may begin to feel isolated from their community. Everyday activities and tasks can take twice as long to complete leaving a person time poor. Making the decision to request help from an in-home carer or a support worker can help them reconnect with their community, free up their time, and give them back their sense of independence.

Travel and Companionship

Not only will an in-home carer come to visit you or your loved one at their residence, but carers are also available to accompany a care recipient as they do the following activities:

Running errands
Simple jobs that could seem impossible without some assistance, like paying bills or posting a letter. A carer or support worker will also be there to help interact with any customer service agents, saving time or confusion.

Attending social outings or travelling
Whether going out to enjoy a hobby or learning a new skill, a carer or support worker can assist by providing transport only, or additionally can be there for companionship. They can also accompany a care recipient on trips. The possibilities are endless.

Weekly grocery shopping
Carers and support workers are available to help with meal planning and preparation, and can ensure that correct and nutritious groceries are purchased, as well as helping to get the groceries back home.

Communication Assistance

Losing the ability to communicate can be one of the most frustrating problems for a person living with a disability or illness. An effective carer will be by your loved one's side with an understanding and patient ear, and in turn encourage and support them in expressing their ideas and wishes with others. A good carer or support worker will also encourage others to speak directly to the person being cared for or supported, and will know when to step in with assistance, and when to step back and give them the opportunity to speak with confidence and independence.

Help Around the Home

Simple home maintenance can seem overwhelming when living with a disability or illness, and basic tasks can pile up creating a back-log. A home carer can approach these jobs with an open mind and an "outside the box" perspective, breaking them down into smaller and more manageable projects. An organised home will give your loved one a newfound sense of pride and allow them to focus on more important things, like spending time with friends and family, or pursuing their hobbies and pastimes.


A carer or support worker can help a person they are caring for or supporting to achieve many things, even things they previously would have considered difficult or even impossible. Regardless of a care recipient's age, illness or disability, a good carer or support worker would never assume a person is incapable of something, and would instead help them strive to succeed.

Do you work as a carer?