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


In this essay I am going to discuss the difficulties and the rewards that `carers’ face when they are caring for a family member.

Carers play a vital role-looking after those who are sick, disabled, vulnerable, or frail. The government believes that care should be something which people do with pride. We value the work that carers do. So we are giving new support to carers. Carers save the government millions a year because the work carers do would have to be paid for if they did not do it. (unit 1 p.13)

Sometimes we don’t even realise that we have taken on caring responsibilities for a loved one it just sort of creeps up on people, so they are not fully aware of the extent of what they have taken on and the demands on them and other family members, it can take certain personal skills and training to provide a high standard of care but carers of family members gain this expertise without realising it as they are providing care and personal care on a regular basis.

Take Ann and Angus for instance, Ann didn’t see herself as a carer at all it was her friend Cheryl who kept reminding Ann of the fact that she was a carer to her stepfather Angus who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, Ann had left her job to look after Angus so the family were only getting her husband Bobs wage but if Ann recognised herself as a carer and applied for carers allowance she could get £55.55 per week (as of October 2011 you can check the carers page on directgov.uk for any update to this).

It is important to recognise carers just like Ann as they need support, if there was a support network in place it would help with the stressful situations that Ann and other carers face on a daily basis. Although Ann does have her husband Bob and daughter Zoe who also provide some amount of care for Angus Ann manages a great deal on her own.

When we care for a loved one sometimes we do it because we feel as...