In Australia, at least four million people have a disability. It is any condition that affects a person’s physical, mental, and sensory health. It may occur suddenly, gradually, or congenitally. The Australian Network on Disability further says that disability risks increase with age. Among older people at least 65 years old, at least two in five have a disability.
Depending on the type and the degree of invalidity, a person may need extra or specific assistance. For example, people who have issues with mobility may require somebody to help them get up or lie down on the bed. Due to the growing population and diversity of needs, Real Support Choices noted that the country needs more carers and a reliable disability management system.
Who is Qualified to be a Carer
Carers can be professionals or those with health-related courses, such as nursing, occupational therapy, speech therapy, or physical therapy. They may also be relatives, friends, and family members. Sometimes, a person with a disability doesn’t need someone who has a health background, although learning at least first aid is highly encouraged.
The Issue of Compensation
Whether you’re a family member (like a spouse) or a health professional (like a nurse), one of the biggest contentions is the payment. Should you be compensated? How much should you receive?
In Australia, the average salary per hour depends on the actual job. According to PayScale, a regular carer receives around $25.13 while those who take care of older people get $25.80. They may not get tips, but they can claim overtime pay. Annually, they can receive as much as $55,000. The salary, though, hardly changes with experience. For this reason, many professional carers have less than 20 years of working experience.
The government, meanwhile, extends financial assistance to personal carers. These include carer payments and allowances, as well as aged pension, concessions, and rent assistance. The money may help supplement income or replace it. Many of these caregivers cannot take a full-time or any job.
Being a caregiver is a tough and demanding job, but it should not be thankless. Patients, health care facilities, and carers themselves can use a reliable disability management system. It can keep track of schedules and work times, as well as payments. This way, carers get the salary they truly deserve.