This essay is going to be describing the difficulties and rewards of being a carer for a family member. The people who will be mainly focused on are Ann and Angus. Ann and Angus are based on a family used during research Joyce Cavaye did on carers in 2007. Angus is suffering with Parkinson’s disease, and Ann is his stepdaughter who used to work as a promotions assistant but gave up work to care for Angus. This essay will also look at Mrs Bliss who was studied by Peter Townsend in 1957 in the book The Family Life of Older People.
Firstly this essay will focus on what a carer is. A government website states that ‘the word carer means someone who looks after a friend, relative or neighbour who needs support because of their sickness, age or disability. It does not mean a professional care-worker in a nursing home, for example – or someone employed by a disabled person.’ (Directgov, 2006) In 2006 it was estimated that there were 6 million people in the United Kingdom providing unpaid support to older, disabled or sick people, and their dedication and commitment saved £57 billion a year. (Carers UK, 2006) In 1995 an Act was set up by the government to recognise the work of family carers called The Carers (Recognition and Services) Act 1995.
Having read the case study on Ann and Angus I have found many difficulties of being a carer for a family member. The first example to be spoken about is that it can be extremely emotionally demanding. When looking at the case study of Ann and Angus you can see that Angus relies on Ann to be very kind, patient and cheerful. But Ann suffers with the problem that Bob her husband and Zoe her daughter also need more attention and affection than she can offer to them. You can see the effect of this when Bob and Ann argue during the anniversary dinner when Ann is more focused on Angus’s needs than the meal , and the fact that Zoe is having trouble at school and has also recently been diagnosed with dyslexia. As a result of...
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