Informal caregivers, in addition to their paid job, provide assistance (usually unpaid) to an elderly relative (e.g., a parent, parent in-law, grandparent, aunt or uncle, partner/spouse, sibling) who needs help because they have an illness, disability or because they are getting older.
The person who needs help may live with you in your home, in their own home or in another place such as a nursing home.
What does an informal caregiver do?
– All informal caregivers generally provide some form of emotional or social support.
– Some caregivers assist their elderly relatives with the activities of daily living: for example, helping with cooking, eating, washing, dressing, going to the toilet or administering medications.
– Other caregivers provide care for people who are quite independent but who may need support with transport, finances, management of health care issues and occasional household tasks.
Research is being conducted by University of Queensland PhD Researchers into how caring for elders with physical (i.e. frailty) or mental disability impacts on carers ability to manage their job roles at work, home and the impact on their health and wellbeing.
If you provide care to an elder who requires assistance with their daily living, please follow the link below to register your interest and to find out more information. In accordance with University and research policy, all participants will be ensured confidentiality at all stages of the study.