Care Relationships

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Care Relationships

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In this essay I will be covering the difficulties that may face those providing and receiving care and how these difficulties can be overcome Discussing personal, cultural and psychological challenges for family carers and health care professionals.

The person receiving care can face some difficulties in accepting they need to be cared for because they feel like they are loosing the power of control over there selves and daily life this could be over come by building a trustful relationship between the person receiving care and the person giving the care. Also for the person that is giving the care to respect and do there wishes and go find out from there family about the dynamics and routines in there past present of there life and what the person receiving care would like for the plans of there future care needs so the carer can meet all there needs and make the person who is needing the care to feel in control of the future of there care and life.

The person receiving care could also feel a burden and not want to talk about how they feel and just to say little hints that instigates that they feel like there been a burden in there own house e.g. if the person receiving care is thirsty and can not get up to make a drink if the carer asks them if they would like a drink and they say ???I don??™t want to be a burden on you??™ instead of answering yes I would like a cup of tea or no I wouldn??™t??™t like a cup of tea. This could be overcome if they sat and spoke to the person receiving care and explained that they was not a burden and give them reassurance that you are there to help them in anyway needed and that you don??™t mind doing so and make them feel like you are caring for them because you want to not because you have to.

Another reason could be that the person receiving care is male and that he wants a male carer but majority of carers are female and if they couldn??™t get a male carer the person receiving care could be non compliant with the carer causing difficulties for the carer and his support needs which then implies that his care needs are not been met. But the difficulties that may occur from the outside services that the service may not be able to do so due to most carers are female if they require a male. So this could be overcome by compromising and reassuring the client. Also this could also be a difficult situation if a female needs caring for and they can only get a male carer for her she could face difficulties of feeling frightened and fearful by letting a strange male into there house to do there personal need and may have to wash her which she could feel frightened because she is a vulnerable adult. This could be overcome by not sending male carers to females houses or to have a family member present in the house whilst the care needs and tasks are been met to stop her feeling as vulnerable and frightened in her own home.

The difficulties that could occur during the process of caring for a loved one is that it can put pressure on the family and your relationship between you and the cared on. The responsibility of the cared ones needs could be highly stressful and very demanding. Which also could then effect the rest of the family e.g. husband/daughters/sons because they could feel as if they are you last priority and they might need your help as much. so then they feel pushed out and there life??™s can be affected. Also the loved one you are caring for could also refuse to have any other family member helping and possibly just want you which is then causing family arguments because the person caring for them feels alone and isolated and left with no support. If the family member you are caring for is living under the same roof as your husband and children it could also cause strain on your marriage and bonds between you and your children this could be over come by all sitting down as a family and working out a routine so everyone has input or discussing the possible options of outside input and help to take strain of the person that is providing the care. But then this could cause another difficulty to occur for someone who is caring for a loved one is that there is lack of information about alternatives for the loved one that needs to be cared for, and a sense of there duties which mean that they think they have no choice about taking on a carer role full time to the one who needs to be cared for but this could be overcome by seeking advice form local council for assessment needs for the person that needs caring for or to seek advice from the internet for the next step to take for help.

There is also the difficulty of a outside carer gaining the person receiving cares trust and letting them do all the care needs to meet the care needs package if the person receiving care didn??™t want them near them or to give them there care needs maybe because of there age. This could be overcome by explaining if it was a age issue that you have received all the care training and courses that all the other carers have received that work for the outside agency and just reassure them that you are hear to help them in any way needed to meet there care package.

They could also be a difficulty of if the person you are going to support and you are a family member or a carer and they are even a little bit mobile they could lock you out of the house at any point and leave the key in so u couldn??™t??™t regain access if they didn??™t want any care. This could be overcome by making other alternatives like if it outside agency for a family member to be there whilst care needs are been met. Or if it is a family member to remember to have the opposite key to what the person receiving care has.

There can also be pyscological challenges for those that have maybe been diagnosed with a medical condition that they are then passed on to caring teams for ???end of life care??™ which can be very distressful to the patient then can also get angry and fustrated which could then cause them to lash out and been abusive towards staff. Or they could refuse to take there medication from staff lor family members which is then possibly putting the patient in more pain and upset then they need to be in. This could be overcome by seeking advice from outreach teams e.g. if the person has cancer to gain and seek advice from McMillan nurses and for staff teams to research more on the clients medical needs so they are more aware of the situation and can meet there needs closer. Also to always talk and reassure the person receiving care because from the person receiving cares point of view could be very scared and just want little support and accept reassurance which then can put there mind at risk.

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