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Challenging our assumptions about carers. Activity three powerpoint. A carer identifies themselves as a carer. Many dislike the title ‘carer’ – detracts from identity of being husband, wife, son, daughter Confusion over the term ‘carer’ – often used to refer to paid care staff - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Challenging our assumptions about carersActivity three powerpoint

  • A carer identifies themselves as a carerMany dislike the title carer detracts from identity of being husband, wife, son, daughterConfusion over the term carer often used to refer to paid care staffDifferent cultures use different words to explain the concept of a carerAs a result many carers remain hidden.

    sfcuser - add after 'daughter';

    , parentsfcuser - insert new bullet point after bullet point onealso insert footnote after 'own';

    Families don't see themselves as carers. They see themselves as family members looking after their own.

    footnote; Ward, C Family Matters; Counting Families IN, Dept of Health, 2001.

  • A carer is able to voice their concernsThe cared for person might have been present (carer not wanting to upset them).A carer may feel inhibited by the environment, job titles, uniforms.A carer may not follow what was being said due to fatigue, anxiety, overload.

    sfcuser - add a further bullet point under the present list;

    .they might have had a bad experience in the past

  • A carer is being difficult when they appear angryLikely to be an underlying cause for the angerA carer may be in extreme difficulty rather than it being their personalityNo steps may have been taken to alleviate the situation and issue is still unresolved

    sfcuser - insert another bullet point under the existing ones;

    . 'get it right for him and you get it right for me'

  • A carer will read the information you provideCarer may simply not have timeNo account taken of the carers condition to absorb information eg. lack of sleep, memory problems, stressMay not be in an appropriate format or language

    sfcusersfcuser - insert extra bullet point;

    .they may have a learning disability

  • A carer will have the relevant knowledge and skillsMay be new to caring role with no previous experience of working in care environmentNo opportunity provided to the carer for training Information on diagnosis, prognosis and how to deal with condition not providedCarer is included in the meeting but may be ignored

  • A carer will understand jargon and abbreviationsCarer may be entering into an unfamiliar world which is confusing and bewilderingCarer may be too embarrassed, or is not offered opportunity, to ask staff for clarification Can lead to risks to cared for persons health as well as their own.

  • A carer is willing to care or able to copeCared for person may say everything is fine my family will look after me. Carers views not establishedIs it clear who is the main carer? Are there hidden carers involved? Young carers?Carer anxiety about emotional, physical and financial impact on the wider familyCarer may be ignoring or suppressing own health needs

    sfcuser - insert after 'young carers';

    Are people caring for each other 'mutual caring'? are they caring for more than one person?

  • A black, asian & minority ethnic (BAME) carer will not require services because of their extended familyBAME carer may experience additional difficulties combining work with caring due to lack of accessible advice and supportBAME carer may not share views of caring that are commonly associated with a particular community

  • A carer is involved in meetings with medical or social care staffMay be excluded from multi-disciplinary meetings on grounds of confidentiality leaving them worried, isolated and ill-informedIf involved, carer may feel they are ignored in discussions

  • A carer is able to support the cared for person to attend appointmentsCarer may not be consulted or advised about appointment times e.g. carer unaware of letters of appointment sent to cared for persons home Appointment arranged at unsuitable time or suddenly changed when a carer has made special (and sometimes costly) arrangementsCarer difficulties when changing appointments

    sfcuser - insert extra bullet point at the end of existing list;

    .practical issues may stop them attending e.g transport or own poor health.


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