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Describe the Difficulties and Rewards of Being a Carer for a Family Member

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First we would have to work out what type of family member we are discussing a disabled child or elderly relative? As I'm sure there would be differences in how, why and type of care we would give. We can presume from the unit 1 case study we are discussing caring for an elderly relative.

What exactly is a carer?

Carer- A family member or paid helper who regularly looks after a child or a sick, elderly or disabled person. (Oxford dictionary)

There are many ‘pros and cons' to caring for a family member.

Caring for a family member can be very rewarding but also demanding, not everyone can do this and it certainly does not make you a bad person if you feel that you are unable.

Some factors to consider as a plus side for caring for a family member at home would be that the family member knows and trusts you; like in the case study Angus knows Ann well and trusts her. You would not have strangers coming into the house. Financially it would be a better option no expensive care bills to pay; with today's rising living costs a large care bill would add undue pressure

There would be no worrying or upset when a family member was placed into a care home, simple things like how would you get to visit? Are they getting looked after properly? You would also be able to keep a close eye on medical issues and ensure medication is administered

Studies show family members placed in a care home are far more likely to suffer depression

Certain religions find this a totally acceptable practice and often all live together in a large family group they would be frowned upon and even disowned if a family member is not cared for at home.

Providing care for a family member in need is an age-old act of kindness, love, and loyalty. And as life expectancies increase and medical treatments advance,


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