K101 Etma01

eTMA 01 Assignment

PART A: Essay
Title: Describe the difficulties and rewards of being a carer for a family member.   Illustrate your answer using examples from Unit 1.

The purpose of this essay is to describe the difficulties and rewards of being a carer for a family member.   This essay will introduce Lesley who has been caring for her elderly mother since her father was placed into a nursing home.   To give greater clarity to the discussion I will support my research with examples and references from K101 Block 1, Unit 1 who Cares?, along with the case studies of Ann Walker and Hussein et al.

The government defines a carer as someone who is caring for a friend, relative or neighbour who needs support because of their sickness, age or disability (Directgov, 2006).   There has been much historical and contemporary research and discussion on the issue of caring, which highlights the difficulties in reaching a conclusive classification of what defines a carer.   If a person fulfils the definition of carer, does that make them ‘officially’ a carer?   In the case-study Ann fulfils all the criteria, but many people do less and would still meet the definition. The government have taken this further and a more rigorous definition is provided,   which a carer must meet in order to claim Carer’s Allowance.

Kath suffers from arthritis and has a deteriorating heart condition, and she moved in with her daughter when her husband was admitted to a nursing home. Kath and Lesley sold both their properties and purchased a property together, and the move was agreed on the basis that Lesley would care for her mother. At this stage Kath’s needs are not too demanding on Lesley, however, as Kath condition deteriorates, both parties are aware that Kath’s care needs will increase.

Being a carer, particularly of a relative, can be a time of great rewards of joy and can lead to periods of increased sharing and revived relationships that may have lapsed over time.   The act of caring can lead...