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Care is needed at all stages of life. This free course, Caring: A family affair, makes care in the family its focus because the overwhelming majority of care, including health care, is supplied in families, much of it in private, much of it unnoticed and unremarked upon. The meaning of the term (informal carer) and the word (care) itself are explored.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- Appreciate the demands that care relationships place on people
- Describe how individuals might experience care
- Demonstrate an understanding of the difficulty of identifying carers when there is interdependence in the relationship.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Caring: a family affair
- 2 Who are informal carers?
- 2.1 When is someone an informal carer?
- 2.2 Introducing the Durrants
- 2.3 What is an informal carer?
- 2.4 Defining terms
- 1.5 Young carers
- 1.6 Informal carers: summing up
- 1.7 Key points
- 3 Care: a loaded word
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Caring: A Family Affair
Care is needed at all stages of life. This course makes care in the family its focus because the overwhelming majority of care, including health care, is supplied in families, much of it in private, much of it unnoticed and unremarked upon. The meaning of the term (informal carer) and the word (care) itself are explored.
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This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Social Care courses or view the range of currently available OU Social Care courses.
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Originally published: Tuesday, 23rd February 2016
Last updated on: Tuesday, 23rd February 2016
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