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What might be the difficulties and rewards of being a carer for a family member?

What might be the difficulties and rewards of being a carer for a family member?
This essay addresses some of difficulties that a carer may face and what drives a person to become a carer. It looks mainly at the case study Ann and Angus as it is seen to be representative of other carers (J Walmsley p41). Firstly it is important to establish what a carer is. A carer is defined as an individual who provides care for a family member, friend or neighbour, rather than a care worker who is employed (J Walmsley p12).  
J Cavaye (pg 6) discussed how Ann felt she had no choice but to care for her father. There were three factors that contributed to this; firstly it was considered a woman’s job, she also made a deathbed promise and furthermore she was already sharing a home with her parents.   This suggests that some carers may feel pushed into the carer role with little choice or control over the situation. This could lead to conflicts within the relationship, and would most definitely change the dynamic of the existing relationship.   Many carers who feel they have a family obligation may not accept the label of carer. Ann struggled with the identity of carer, and for a long time, felt it was her job to do alone. Without accepting that part of their identity, they can be unaware of outside support they could use, for example financial aid or use of care workers who help with restbite for families.                                          
Ann had to make several sacrifices in order to look after Angus. She left her job as she didn’t have enough time, and as a result of this there was a lot of financial pressure as they only had one wage coming in. Ann is also described as having a loss of friends due to not having enough personal time (J Cavaye p7). This suggests that a carer may face a lot of stress over lack of money and that...