K101 Tma01

Part A
The difficulties and rewards of being a carer for a family member

In 2006, according to Carers UK, it was estimated that there were 6 million people in the UK providing unpaid support to older, disabled or sick people. (Carers UK, 2006). This statistic shows there are many unpaid carers supporting their family and friends. Looking at the various case studies that have been outlined for this essay, they come from varied professions, diverse religions, all age groups, from young carers to pensioners, each one facing different circumstances but all who make sacrifices to look after their loved ones to the best of their abilities.

Firstly, it is important to give a description of a carer. A carer is a non-professional person, unpaid by an employee but who cares for a sick, elderly or disabled relative or friend. If it was not for these family carers it would be unaffordable for the government to provide support for the millions of adults who need help with daily living. Their endeavours saved £57 billion a year because the work carers do would have to be paid for if they did not do it. (Carers UK, 2006).

This essay will focus on the difficulties and rewards that many carers are presented with on a daily basis. Throughout this essay the points discussed will be exemplified by case studies found within unit 1 and other relevant material.

Many people take on the responsibilities of a carer without realising it, some believing it will only be for a short term, but sadly this doesn’t often happen and comparable to one of the case studies in Unit 1, the level of responsibility creeps up until the caring eventually becomes a full-time occupation.

For a large number of carers, financial stability is a huge problem. Some are able to maintain their jobs, but many have to give up work in order to care full-time. In the case study, Ann’s job was one she really enjoyed, she continued with this job until she felt she couldn’t cope. She stated, “I used to work,...