Why can it be difficult to decide whether or not a person is a carer, and does it matter???
There are between six and seven million people in the u.k who provide extra help to family, friends or neighbours that are elderly or suffering from mental or physical illness. It is very important to recognise these carers, as they need support which could include financial help, mental support or even training. It can be difficult to decide if a person is a carer or not, there seems to be clear cut answers. However this isn’t always the case, it is important to be able to know who is or isn’t a carer so that they are able to receive the help and support that may be needed. The person i’m going to write about is someone I know who looked after their father, just like Anne does with angus. The person who looks after their father is Rhian and her father is called reg. It all started with Reg when his wife died, he started to drink a lot and wouldn’t leave the house, so rhian started to go round everyday to check on him, she would ask him to go for a bath as he wouldn’t be looking after himself properly, wasn’t very clean and tidy. After about a year of rhain doing this for her father, reg was diagnosed with liver cancer which started to spread across his body. Overtime, Reg’ s condition deteriorated meaning rhian’s caring duties changed which ment gave up her job to look after her father full time. Rhian is carer and does meet the government definition, which states: The word carer means someone who looks after a friend, relative or neighbour who needs support because of their sickness, age or disability. However if rhian is feeling unwell or has to go somewhere then rhian’s daughter Jess comes and sits with her taid to keep him company. When trying to decide if someone is or is not a carer, there is the possibility that there is more than one person doing the care, for example Rhian ’s 19 year old daughter Jess will sometimes come and keep...
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