Tma 01

Teresa Gee   P2372477
Question; Write an essay of no more than 800 words on the following;
What might be some of the difficulties and rewards of being a carer for a family member? Use examples from Unit 1 to illustrate your answer.

Part A

The Government quotes that a carer is “anyone, of any age, who provides unpaid care and support to a relative, friend or neighbour who needs care and support.” However, lots of people care for others but they may not fit this criteria exactly as there are different degrees of caring. In the case study used for this assignment we met Ann, her husband Bob and daughter Zoe and Ann’s step father Angus. Ann cares for Angus who has Parkinson’s disease. This may make her a carer, but also a dutiful daughter. It may be that because Angus has Parkinson’s disease and Ann has to do some tasks that a daughter would not normally do for a father, that the label of ‘carer’ could be applied. In this essay I will attempt to show some of the difficulties and rewards of being a carer for a family member.
Caring is often seen as a loving duty, not an obligation. For a family member it is rarely done by choice. Ann may feel obligated as she and her family are living in Angus’s home and also she made a promise to her Mum that she would always care for Angus.                                                                         To claim any financial or physical help carers have to show that they care for a minimum of thirty five hours a week. Ann would have to accept the label of ‘carer’ if she were to apply for any of this support. However, the hours of caring might be difficult to assess due to the fact that some things, such as making meals, are done for the whole family, and Bob and Zoe help out at times too.                                                                                                                     Angus may not accept that he is being ‘cared for’ and both he and Ann might see it as a family...