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Why can it be difficult to decise whether or not a person is an informal carer and does it matter?

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Why can it be difficult to decide whether or not a person is an informal carer and does it matter? Base your answer on the case of someone you know, or have read about in K100. How can we determine as to whether a person is an informal carer, and why should we be labelling people? It is said that there are four complications that need to be considered when deciding to label a person as an informal carer * Interdependence * Duration and frequency * Labelling * Networks I am going to be looking at all four of these taking experiences from my personal life, and also looking at other sources to try and ascertain why it is difficult, and whether it matters to label people as informal carers. I will be looking into my Father Andrew's experience with informal care as my case study. ...read more.

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This did show that he was very dependant on us but also we were dependant on him I would still look to him for advice, my children would still look to him as a grandfather, and would like to keep his attention by playing games. This did prove that at some level there was definite but different levels of interdependence. Duration and frequency is the next complication, although Andrew had formal carers help him everyday family members would come around most days to help, and offer him company because we did this so frequently we were therefore informal carers. I did on occasions speak with my father's social worker to try and work out what was best for his situation (with his input being made of upmost importance). I can identify that I did spend enough time caring for my father to make me an informal carer. ...read more.

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We have to look at the situation as a whole and then we can see that everyone is valued, and by having a network of informal carers Andrew's life is made easier on a daily basis because everyone does their "bit to help". I May clean, my sister may cook; my grandmother may keep him company. In conclusion being an informal carer is a difficult position to be in, and many informal carers should be receiving the support they both need and deserve but to do this they must firstly be labelled as what they are, for some it would be a weight off their shoulders to finally put a name to what they do, for others they may see this as nothing more than "pigeon holing" them to make it easier for the state to recognize what they do. Reference: The Open University (2005) k100 Understanding Health and Social Care, unit 1 'Caring; A Family Affair?' Milton Keynes, The Open University. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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