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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

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Challenging our assumptions about carers

challenging our assumptions about carers

activity three powerpoint


A carer identifies themselves as a carer

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

  • Different cultures use different words to explain the concept of a carer

  • As a result many carers remain ‘hidden’.


A carer is able to voice their concerns

a carer is able to voice their concerns

  • The 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.


A carer is being difficult when they appear angry

a carer is ‘being difficult’ when they appear angry

  • Likely to be an underlying cause for the anger

  • A carer may be in extreme difficulty rather than it being their personality

  • No steps may have been taken to alleviate the situation and issue is still unresolved


A carer will read the information you provide

a carer will read the information you provide

  • Carer may simply not have time

  • No account taken of the carer’s condition to absorb information eg. lack of sleep, memory problems, stress

  • May not be in an appropriate format or language


A carer will have the relevant knowledge and skills

a carer will have the relevant knowledge and skills

  • May be new to caring role with no previous experience of working in care environment

  • No opportunity provided to the carer for training

  • Information on diagnosis, prognosis and how to deal with condition not provided

  • Carer is included in the meeting but may be ignored


A carer will understand jargon and abbreviations

a carer will understand jargon and abbreviations

  • Carer may be entering into an unfamiliar world which is confusing and bewildering

  • Carer may be too embarrassed, or is not offered opportunity, to ask staff for clarification

  • Can lead to risks to cared for person’s health as well as their own.


A carer is willing to care or able to cope

a carer is willing to care or able to cope

  • Cared for person may say ‘everything is fine – my family will look after me’. Carer’s views not established

  • Is 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 family

  • Carer may be ignoring or suppressing own health needs


A black asian minority ethnic bame carer will not require services because of their extended family

a black, asian & minority ethnic (BAME) carer will not require services because of their extended family

  • BAME carer may experience additional difficulties combining work with caring due to lack of accessible advice and support

  • BAME 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 staff

a carer is involved in meetings with medical or social care staff

  • May be excluded from multi-disciplinary meetings on grounds of confidentiality leaving them worried, isolated and ill-informed

  • If involved, carer may feel they are ignored in discussions


A carer is able to support the cared for person to attend appointments

a carer is able to support the cared for person to attend appointments

  • Carer may not be consulted or advised about appointment times e.g. carer unaware of letters of appointment sent to cared for person’s home

  • Appointment arranged at unsuitable time or suddenly changed when a carer has made special (and sometimes costly) arrangements

  • Carer difficulties when changing appointments


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