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Question: TMA01 Describe the difficulties and rewards of being a carer for a family member.
Illustrate your answer using examples from Unit 1 98%

Answer: The term ‘carer’ relates to anyone ‘who looks after a friend, family member or neighbour who needs support due to sickness, age or disability’ (Directgov, 2006). Using the Unit 1 materials, the experiences of Ann Walker, 37 (who took on the care of her stepfather Angus McPhail, 79, on the death of her mother), the parents of the disabled young Asians (Hussein et al. study 2002), and experiences from within my own family’s experience of caring, I shall describe and give examples of both the difficulties and rewards of being a carer for a family member.

In the UK 6 million people - around 1 in 8 adults - provides unpaid support to an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend; their work saving the government £119 billion per year in care costs (Carers UK, 2012). Governments are rightly interested in carers for this reason, recognising that any reduction in informal care ...(short extract)

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  • Subject: Introduction to health and social care
  • Course: K101
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: 98%
  • Words: 1262
  • Date submitted: January 26, 2013
  • Date written: January, 2012
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 4435

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