Family and Ann Essay

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K101 An introduction to health and social care
TMA 01
Part A
In this assignment I am going to look at the difficulties and rewards experienced by carers, especially those who care for a family member. I am going to look closely at the role of one such carer, a 37 year old woman called Ann who fell into the unexpected role of caring for her stepfather who has Parkinson’s disease.
I would like to first define the word ‘carer’ a carer is someone who supports and cares for someone else because of age, illness or disability. The care is may be carried out by a family member, a friend or a neighbour.
Ann experiences a wealth of difficulties caring for Angus, she encounters emotional, physical, mental, social
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Ann is also feeling the physical strain of caring for Angus, she struggles to help Angus up the stairs and in one incident her and Angus almost fall down the stairs, Ann is suffering from sheer exhaustion, even at night time she is aware of Angus tossing and turning resulting in disturbed sleep. Ann helps Angus with washing, toileting, feeding and administering medication, she has had no training or guidance on how to move Angus safely and this puts her and Angus at risk of injury every time she attempts to help him physically. Ann who has given up her job to care for Angus fulltime has become isolated, she has lost all her friendships at work, her independence, and the sad thing is that Ann does not even see herself as being a Carer, it is her friend Cheryl who points out that she is indeed a Carer. She simply feels she is doing what any other daughter, wife and mother would do. Ann has the financial strain of being solely dependent on Bob to support the family, this potentially could place the family at risk of poverty. This is particularly difficult as Angus and Bob do not get on and Bob resents the strain that Angus has placed on Ann and Zoe. Ann is suffering emotionally, she feels trapped in her role as

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