Family and Ann

1329 words 6 pages
K101 An introduction to health and social care
TMA 01
Part A
In this assignment I am going to look at the difficulties and rewards experienced by carers, especially those who care for a family member. I am going to look closely at the role of one such carer, a 37 year old woman called Ann who fell into the unexpected role of caring for her stepfather who has Parkinson’s disease.
I would like to first define the word ‘carer’ a carer is someone who supports and cares for someone else because of age, illness or disability. The care is may be carried out by a family member, a friend or a neighbour.
Ann experiences a wealth of difficulties caring for Angus, she encounters emotional, physical, mental, social
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Ann eventually starts to receive some help from social services but sometimes accessing these services can generate additional problems as Ann discovers, she now had a home carer but had to blend her own routine with that of a home Carer who wasn’t able to carry out all of the tasks Ann performed.

It is evident that Ann and Angus do share a bond, Angus has an attachment to Ann, he wants to be with her and acknowledges that she does thoughtful things for him for example when she brings him his favourite biscuits with his tea. There are some tender moments shared between them and Ann must feel some sort of happiness that she is seeing through the promise she made to her mother to care for Angus. In a financial way it also is of some benefit to Angus, Bob and Zoe that they get to reside at the house owned by Angus. Ann eventually began to receive some assistance in the form of a home carer who visits daily and also benefits from Angus going into respite care occasionally. This gives Ann some time to recuperate from her caring duties and allows Ann, Bob and Zoe to have some time as a family.

From this assessment it is clear to see that Ann faces substantially more difficulties than rewards. This assignment illustrates how Ann found herself thrown into her role of Angus’s carer. Her difficulties


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