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Title: Why can it be difficult to decide whether or not a person is a carer, and does it matter? Base your answer on the case of someone you know.  

It can be difficult to decide if a person is a carer or not because there seems to be a clear cut answer but that is not always the case, it is important to be able to know who is a carer or who is not a carer so they are able to receive the help and support that they could need. I have chosen to write about someone I know who cares for her friend, who is now terminally ill and also has to use a wheelchair and is unable to fully take care of herself. Her name is Debbie and the person she cares for is Annette.
Debbie and Annette have been friends since their school years; Debbie has cared for Annette for the past five years. At the beginning it was just helping out with some shopping and cleaning while Annette was receiving chemotherapy and unable to do these things for herself, however over the past few years Annette’s illness has progressed and really deteriorated   meaning now Debbie’s situation has changed since the beginning off Annette’s illness. Debbie is classed as a carer and meets the government definition, which states:
“The word carer means someone who looks after a friend, relative or neighbour who needs support because of their sickness, age or disability.
It does not mean special care worker in a nursing home, for example-or someone employed by disabled person.”
However, there is some interdependence between Debbie and Annette, for example, when Annette is feeling well enough, she is able to do things for Debbie like make her lunch before Debbie gets home from work. This does not happen very often but this could mean that to some people that there is a two Way Street between Debbie and Annette and that Debbie should not be classed as Annette’s carer.
There are other complicating factors when trying to decide if someone is or is not a carer. There is also the possibility that there is more than...