Welcome to the latest edition of the Work 'n' Care newsletter. Each month we try and bring you stories that embody all aspects of a carers life. Our aim is to empower you in your caring role and to make your life a little easier. Contact us with your experiences and ideas as the process of sharing can make a carers life just that little bit easier. Read the latest edition below or use the links on the right to navigate our story archives.

 

Facing the facts on sleep deprivation

life_icon.jpgFact: we all need to sleep. Fact: most working carers get by on less sleep than the average new mum.
While the average baby sleeps for 16 hours a day, the average 70 year-old only needs six hours.
Add dementia to the aged care mix and a working carer is on high alert 24/7.

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Dead tired

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In ancient times it was thought that sleep was the time when humans flirted with death as their souls wandered the land independent of their control. Later, this thought was superseded by the belief that the sleeping state was a time of complete mental inactivity giving rise to the phrase ‘dead to the world’. As a working carer I can identify with both of these beliefs having operated as one of the walking ‘brain dead’.

 

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Carer friendly workplaces

work_icon.jpgThe recognition by employers that workers belong to families and that these families bring their own demands has resulted in an increasing number of ‘family-friendly workplaces’, according to a new discussion paper from the Sex Discrimination Unit. But just what does a carer-friendly workplace look like, why should employers support it, and what is driving this change in support for workers with families? This article attempts to answer these questions.

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Safety at work

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Stress is part of our lives and can have many causes. Because of the demands faced by working carers in juggling work and care we are more susceptible to stress than others. What is the effect of stress on a working carer’s performance at work? Are we more at risk of work related accidents? This article contains tips and strategies for coping with stress at work.

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Medication Management

other_icon.jpgWhen you are at work do you worry that the person you are caring for is taking their medication on time and at the correct dose? Medication management is an important part of the caring role and even more so for the times when you aren’t there. We’ve put together these tips for helping you manage this crucial task.

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