What does 'full-time care and attention' mean?

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The person being cared for must be so incapacitated as to need:

  • continuous supervision and frequent help throughout the day with their personal needs, such as walking and getting about, dressing, washing, eating and drinking,
  • continuous supervision to avoid danger to themselves
  • full-time care and attention for at least six months. This period of care must include the first Thursday in June.

The person being cared for may attend a nonresidential course of rehabilitation training or nonresidential day care centre approved by the Minister for Health and Children

You the carer may:

  • attend an educational or training course or take up voluntary or community work for up to 15 hours a week,
  • work outside your home for up to 15 hours a week,
  • a combination of both, provided that the total combined does not exceed 15 hours a week.

You must first clear any employment with this Department.

During your absence, you must arrange adequate care for the person needing full-time care and attention.

We will assess the need to provide full-time care on an individual basis. We do not expect that a carer would provide care on a 24 hour basis.

We will apply the above arrangements in a flexible manner, considering the needs of you the carer and the person needing care. However, we will need an outline of the care being provided by you.

Last modified:29/06/2011

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