Health and Social Care Assignment 1

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In this piece of writing I am going to write about what it means to be a Carer in today’s society, I will write in detail about the role of the carer and the tasks which a typical carer will carry out. I will also explore the physical and physiological effects it takes on the Carer, the difficulties they encounter and the rewards they reap. Usually when we think of a ‘Carer’ people often assume it is somebody that works in a retirement home, somebody that looks after somebody who needs care in a profession. What it really means is somebody that looks after a relative, friend or neighbour who needs the support because of a disability, on-going illness or simply because of their age. In the United Kingdom most care for people with long term conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease or who are too old or disabled to manage without help is provided within the family not by a professional employed carer. In this piece of writing I will follow and use one case study as an example, the case study of Ann Walker, aged 37 she had been looking after her stepfather for six years. The other example I will use is that of a personal experience, my nephew is 3 years old and suffers from autism; this gives me a first-hand account of how my sister has to provide extra care because of the child’s disability. Being a Carer isn’t easy and the carer will often face many difficulties, in Ann Walkers case she faced many difficulties. For example she had to give up her job because she had to provide constant care for her step father ‘Angus’ , not only would this mean that a change in income would occur but it also meant that she would have less time socialising as she would no longer be seeing friends at work. Ann found herself suffering from physical exhaustion caused by regular sleep disturbance and constantly having something to do. Ann started to develop depression, getting the feeling that she had ‘had enough’ and a sense that she could not continue, she seeked medical...
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