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Throughout this essay I will share the reasons I have found for there being difficulties and also rewards of being a carer for a family member. ‘A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to care for family or friends who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.’ (Carers Trust) I will attempt to use my course materials to draw on the experiences of Ann Walker who cares for her elderly step father Angus who has developed Parkinsons’ disease. Firstly I will look at some of the following difficulties that I have identified and due to the limitations of this study I will then briefly discuss the…show more content…
She felt under obligation to remain in the role of carer for Angus and did not know what help was available. This situation could have been alleviated by Ann being informed of any resources that may have been available from the care professionals who had previous contact with Angus, or in fact from the GP that Ann visited who simply prescribed her the anti depressant medication. Ann did not initially view herself as a carer and perhaps if she had, she would have sought further help and advice, like accessing some training, such as manual handling, which is mandatory for carers who support people who require assistance with moving and handling. 789 Words. References Carers Trust, (no date) ‘What is a Carer?’ available at www.carers.org/what-carer (accessed 22nd October 2013) Cavaye J. (2010) ‘Unit 1: Becoming and Being a Carer’ K101 resources P7. The Open

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