Carers may be defined in many different ways based on different variables as kin relationship, age, gender, ethnicity, care recipient’s characteristics.
Eurocarers Association defines a carer as a person who provides unpaid care to someone with a chronic illness, disability or other long lasting health or care need, outside a professional or formal framework.
This comprehensive section deals with the legal and ethical dilemmas to be considered when a care professional deals with an older person and ultimately the family carer. Through this reading, professionals will gain a better understanding about legal issues and thus be better prepared to face any respective challenges.
“I have worked as a social worker in a dementia day care centre for five years now. Last year, I realized that, I woke up in a very bad mood and I didn’t want to go to the office. As soon as I arrived at work, I felt exhausted and drained as if I had already worked for hours. Every day I discuss and provide counseling to more than 15 carers of people with dementia, face-to-face or by telephone. During the last few months, I have started having negative feelings towards these people and I cannot stand listening to their concerns and needs. I try to finish appointments much earlier than usual and try to postpone, if possible, new appointments. I am thinking that I have failed in my role, I feel ineffective and often avoid contributing to discussions with other colleagues. I feel there is no solution to my problem as I cannot quit and there is no other post where I could work.” If this story sounds familiar to you then you might be interested in reading more about burnout.
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INNOVAGE is a three year project dedicated to social innovations which support active and healthy ageing. The project will develop and test, as well as survey and catalogue, social innovation that will have a solid impact on improving the quality of life and well-being of older people.