Describe the difficulties and rewards of being a carer for a family member.
Throughout this essay I will be looking at the reasons in which I have found there being difficulties and rewards of being a carer for a family member. According to (Directgov 2006) the definition of a carer is that the term "carer" relates to anyone who looks after a friend, family member or neighbour who needs support due to sickness, age or disability. Also according to (Carers Trust) "A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to care for family members or friends who can not manage without the help.This could be caring for a relative, partner or a friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.
Using the course materials from Unit 1 Care: a family affair? A case study used is that of a woman and her step father, I will be looking at the experiences of Ann Walker as a 37year old woman whose a wife to her husband Bob Walker, mother to her 12 year old daughter Zoe Walker and a carer to her elderly step father Angus McPhail aged 79 who has developed Parkinsons' disease. This case study was carried out by Joyce Cavaye 2007 based on research she was conducting on carers and ran upon the story of Ann and Angus. In this case study we look at the difficulties and challanges that arise within a family unit where care is needed for one family member in particular.
Ann suddenly found herself taking on the role of being a carer to her stepfather Angus due the sad death of her mother, taking the place of her mother who was the orignal carer to Angus McPhail. Ann took the responsibilty as everyone assumed that it was her duty to do so as she was a woman and also she had mad a death bed promise to her mother to look after her step father.It was not by choince but by cirmunstances and Ann felt responsible for her step father and felt no need to bring someone else in.