Privacy vs Personal sharing

With NDIS carer support there can be a significant number of carers involved moving in and out of a family’s home. Time management and overload often require staff coming into the home to work independently without direct supervision or monitoring of each step of a task / the tasks being completed. Daily household tasks such as laundry or cleaning up the kitchen may be asked to be supported by someone else. The knowledge of what a family eats, what is in their fridge, the size of their underwear can be highly visible to those that are watching the movement of daily tasks within that home. Beyond that, there can be no privacy for conversations whilst carers are within your home.

Knowledge about personal interests, or the layout of a home or the belongings of a bedroom can be challenging for an individual to protect when others have views into their home, whether that be through Telehealth or online school lessons. Individuals ability to cope and be resilient can be assisted from the boundaries that naturally exist when others are unable to see into their lives 24 hours per day. Therapists work with carers and families to support their working relationships about navigating through challenges that can occur with high frequency about ‘who’ is responsible for designing the ‘way’ that tasks within a home are to be completed. Families can often ask for tasks to be completed in a specific way to ensure privacy for other areas of their lives so that they feel like they have ‘some’ sense of ‘actual’ personal ‘physical’ private space. This need can be specifically exacerbated when they have individuals within their family who take more of their time and invade their physical body personal space through constant touching or need for emotional support.

Personal and professional knowledge have their boundaries. Being able to physically see into someones home versus the knowledge that comes from that period of having seen inside need to be considered when it comes to other individuals mental health. The knowledge that can grow about an individual over years and years can be challenging to manage when being presented for the first time.


For those times when others may provide commentary on what an individual is wearing it may become challenging for those students to then be able to find the words to comment about the fact that they like thicker jumpers because its what feels comfortable on their skin. Feeling comfortable working within certain types of settings requires the ability to automatically grade your interaction style to support the level of intensity of emotional distress or depth of topics being discussed. Mentoring or support from other professionals may not be sufficient to separate out personal versus private conversations about your own health care needs. Insurance coverage.