A carer's toolkit to match skills to employment

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General Caring Skills

Prioritise activities according to need, demand and changing circumstances
Sort and group tasks and activities
Write lists
Keep a calendar or diary
Make checklists
Organise trips and holidays
Plan for future needs if circumstances change
Make appointments such as medical, home visits, dentist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, hairdresser
Establish and keep routines
Remind the person I care for about appointments, routines, and responsibilities
Modify routines when necessary

Deal with and arrange finances with Centrelink
Plan and monitor household costs
Pay bills
Check Disability Support Payment/income support
Complete banking related issues and activities
Arrange and pay insurances
Perform bookkeeping activities
Purchase equipment
Prepare tax returns
Pay service providers
Manage and complete activities
Work under pressure
Work independently
Work or volunteer part time other than caring role
Coordinate providers and services

Check the letter box regularly and sort the mail
Respond to correspondence
Post mail
Take notes at meetings or appointments
Complete paperwork such as filling in forms and filing documents
Answer and handle phone calls from a variety of people such as solicitors, doctor’s office, school, hospital, service providers
Use the computer for research
Perform data entry
Locate services
Handle emails
Use computer software programs such as Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint
Use and update social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn

Respond to and address changes to individual needs and environments by being flexible
Ability to cope with quickly changing situations; recognise warning signs and prevent episodes; anticipate and predict behaviour
Get help if situation is too much
Know when to stand firm and when to walk away
Have confidence in own abilities
Ensure legal requirements are in place such as Power of Attorneys, Guardianship and Wills

Day to Day Caring Skills

Be aware of physical well-being of the person I care for and monitor changes in health
Provide nursing care such as check blood pressure, administer medications and vitamins, implement pain management plan
Be responsible to the person I care for constantly, 24 hours, do the night shift
Assist with occupational, physical and speech therapy, exercise and stretching programs, prosthetics
Support and assist if the person I care for is in hospital by visiting, helping with meals, emotional care and reassurance
Maintain a clean home and arrange for extra cleaning help when necessary
Declutter and keep the home tidy
Look after the garden, yard and pool
Care for pets
Launder clothing and bedding
Maintain and repair things such as equipment, household items, car
Plan for and purchase items as required such as clothing, shoes, personal needs, birthday and Christmas gifts
Plan meals and prepare meals
Shop for groceries
Work out diet plans such as for gluten free, dairy free, allergies, preferences
Work with dietician or nutritionist to plan appropriate meals
Complete or assist with bathing and showering, brushing teeth, hair care
Complete or assist with shaving
Complete or assist with toileting
Complete or assist with dressing
Ensure home is risk free by doing things such as a risk assessment, check equipment regularly, set safety rules and boundaries
Learn to use new equipment correctly such as hoist, electric bed or chair
Learn and perform physical transfers and lifts safely
Teach family members, service providers and others in the home about specific safety requirements such as no food or money left around the house or car
Drive a car or van and ensure the person I care for is transported appropriately and safely
Use and maintain working order of mobility aids, lifters and prosthetics
Provide training for independent use of public transport
Support guide dog assistance


Attend community group meetings such as a family support, volunteer, gardening or sports group
Facilitate community group meetings
Be involved in cultural activities and fundraising
Volunteer in activities such as a board member, on an employment subcommittee, for the Fire SES or as team leader for community fire unit
Attend school meetings and assemblies
Be involved with police liaison such as advocating for police to be educators in dealing with mental health
Provide peer support and advice to other carers in support groups such as young carers, Aboriginal carers, bipolar, dementia, Parkinson’s
Participate in activities such as Carers Week celebrations, school fetes, church programs

Research and identify suitable community activities
Encourage participation in activities
Arrange for transport to activities
Learn and plan for ways to do my caring role while still having time for myself
Prioritise time for myself to do things such as sew, read, catch up with friends, go to support groups, watch a movie, go out to lunch, visit family, have a massage, go to the gym
Recognise signs of stress and learn ways to manage it such as to talk to someone, contact support group, ask for help

Select appropriate school and ensure regular attendance at school
Arrange appropriate educational activities such as piano lessons, music therapy, art lessons, movement and dance classes, hydro therapy or swimming lessons, sign class, computer courses
Provide resources and visual aids for activities such as art materials, appropriate clothing, musical instruments, technology
Research and obtain appropriate apps to assist learning
Learn to use new technology programs to help the person I care for such as Prologue, Talk2Talk, Auslan
Go to courses and workshops that help me provide better care such as programs about caring, behavioural needs, knowledge of body systems (such as renal), new technology
Conduct research to learn about and gain better understanding about an illness, find professionals, services and homes

Organise leisure activities for the person I care for such as trip to library or museum, take out for dinner, go to sports or a farm, art and craft activities, go to church, internet chat with friends and family, take a walk
Plan for a day out or holiday for the person I care for including things such as is it wheelchair accessible, toilet access, is it too loud, is it ok to bring dietary food, what transport will be needed, do I need another carer
Plan and organise social activities such as picnics, after school groups, meetings with friends

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

Employ appropriate people for caring needs
Oversee care management plans
Delegate tasks and activities to another person such as when a service provider doesn’t show up or when I can’t do something myself
Deal with service complaints
Learn triggers and signs as early indicators of behaviour change
Provide behavioural support by managing and teaching the person I care for how to and how not to behave, such as preventing food throwing, encouraging to throw rubbish in the bin
Use anger management techniques
Motivate the person I care for and reinforce appropriate behaviours

Communicate with the person I care for appropriately to meet their needs such as negotiating meal, medications and bedtime
Share information with the person I care for and others about what is happening
Converse and build rapport with variety of people on different levels such as other carers, doctors, family members, service providers, teachers, therapists
Use a variety of different techniques to communicate such as debating, negotiating, listening, interpreting (Auslan), writing notes for service providers and teachers
Resolve misunderstanding and arguments; keep the peace and calm in the home
Use own body language effectively and be aware of others’ body language

Teach the person I care for things such as how to dress, life skills, how to shop with a visual calendar, road skills for safely crossing the road
Use opportunities for learning as they arise such as when walking to school or in new situations
Assist the person I care for with making sense of the world and our experiences in it
Raise awareness of disabilities with the person I care for and others; teach the person I care for that everyone is different and it’s ok
Listen to concerns and be interested; show empathy and acceptance of individual differences
Be mindful and respectful of cultural needs
Provide support in times of need such as grief and loss
Be a mentor and/or advisor
Provide encouragement and reassurance

Make time for everyone in the family; maintain healthy relationship with partner; care for others as well as the person I care for
Be part of a team with others such as medical providers, service providers, support groups
Understand and acknowledge the range of feelings of others such as anger, frustration, joy, sadness
Have respect and tolerance of others
Advocate for the person I care for regarding such things as health issues, support at specialist appointments, financial arrangements
Contribute to raising awareness through such things as writing on behalf of the person I care for or participate in lobby activities
Take initiative to facilitate change in such things as support programs, funding arrangements or available services

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My Reports

There are 2 types of reports that can be created from your checklists. The reports will open as a Word document on your computer. The SUMMARY REPORT lists the Australian Core Skills for Work with the corresponding headings from the checklists. The EXPANDED REPORT includes everything in the Summary Report plus all of the items you selected in the checklists.

The Summary Report is most suitable to attach to a resume and job application or present to an employer at an interview. The Extended Report has work skills and activities from the checklists. It is most suitable to help you provide examples to an employer when asked about your work skills.

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Download Expanded Report

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