TMA 02

Part 0ne

Care always involves a relationship between the person receiving care and the person providing care. How does the quality of that relationship affect the quality of the care given, as well as the experience of receiving care?

Relationships were care is a key factor differ greatly from person to person, this can be due to culture, beliefs, environment, class and or expectations. No two situations are ever the same, although they may be similar. . For a caring relationship to be successful trust must be established as without it the relationship can’t Different types of care have different relationships, all should be positive and proactive, but unfortunately this is not always the case.

For example a patient’s relationship with their doctor would be very different to a daughters relationship with her father for whom she is caring for.

In order to deem a relationship positive, several factors must be considered:

      • Is the carer able to meet the needs of the person they are caring for?

      • Is there good communication between the pair and are decisions of care aspects discussed and made jointly?

      • Do both the care and the user have knowledge and access to all other services available to them?

        All of these factors need to be in place for care to be a positive experience, but the last one is especially important to informal carers (friends/family).

        If these skills are not in evidence then the relationship will be not be able to   develop in the correct way and may end up with the carer becoming a recipient of care themselves or with the original user ending up in a worse situation then they already are (i.e. may become seriously hurt).

        A good example of this is Anne and Angus; researchers tell us that a key point that should be assessed is:

        “How was the quality of the relationship before the caring commenced”?

        (Lewis and Mendith 1988, Finch and Mason 1992, Forbes...