Tma02 K101

To really understand the concept of being a carer, it is important to clarify the definition of a carer.   According to The Princess Royal Trust, a carer is a person who looks after a member of family, friend or a neighbour who is ill, disabled and are unable to look after themselves unpaid (The Princess Royal Trust, online 14/10/11).
To illustrate and discuss the characters further (k101, Unit 1): Ann takes care of her stepfather, Angus, who is old age, frail and has Parkinson’s disease. He requires assistance through normal daily activities which involves dressing, bathing, toileting, feeding and general social involvement.   Ann lives in Angus’ house rent free with her husband, Bob, and their daughter Zoe.   Ann feels it is her duty to look after Angus and it is her role as she promised her mother before she passed away that she would look after Angus.   Ann denies the fact that she is a carer and feels that she is expected to take these roles on herself without any outside assistance.  
Ann puts herself and Angus at risk by lifting and handling Angus in and out of the bath and a helping hand up and down the stairs. Manual handing in environments such as residential homes and nursing homes are taken seriously and there are procedures to follow to comply with health and safety legislation, yet in situations set as above, Ann or Angus does not take this into consideration.  
Ann is neglecting her husband as she spends so much time caring for Angus.   Her daughter is also feeling neglected as she requires support with her school work.
Unfortunately for Ann, her husband does not always agree with Angus which puts more stress on her.   Bob could actually help out a little to relieve the stress from Ann, but due to this situation, Bob probably feels resentful in helping out.
Caring for someone can be physically and emotionally demanding as Ann also takes care of Angus’ personal needs.   This can be awkward for family members and Angus probably feels extremely...