The difficulties and rewards of being a carer for a family member.
A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a parents , relative, partner who is ill, frail, disabled or vulnerable. (Directgov,2006)
Becoming a carer is a life changing decision, often happening without much thought being given to the possible consequences. Anyone can become a carer; come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be of any age.
Many feel they are doing what anyone else would in the same situation; looking after their parents, children or relative .
The aim of this essay is to discuss the difficulties and rewards that being a carer for a family member. The discussion will points out and illustrated by a case studies found within unit 1. The story of Ann Walker , who care for her father Angus McPhail
The following difficulties Ann Walker face was.
> Physical and Emotional Stress
> Less time for personal and family life
> Keeping the family unit intact between a wife, mother and daughter/carer
> The need to balance job and caregiving responsibilities
> Financial stress
> Lack of privacy
> Feeling of isolation and loneliness
> Conflicts of interest
> Lack of progress support govt.support
• Strain on Your Marriage ( Ann spend all your free time taking care of Angus and neglecting the needs of your spouse an daughter.
For what I’ve seen in the case study of Ann when caring with Angus the fact she does not recognize herself as a carer. Struggling to manage her life and time as wife, mother and daughter neglecting the other needs of the family member that cause of conflicts base in the case study.
Some factors to consider as positive side for caring for a family member shows the person who is frail,vulnerable (like in the case study Angus knows Ann)
>Trust part family member