There are an estimated 6.4 million people in the UK currently caring for a family member or friend. Carers look after people who are disabled, frail or ill. They work alongside professionals, volunteers, care homes, special schools and community groups often caring for people in their own home. The hours of care that they provide for ill, frail or disabled people often comes at a cost to their own health and well-being. The impact on a carers’ health and well-being, finances and relationships cannot be underestimated.
In the run up to this year’s Carers Week a partnership of eight charities set out to explore through an online survey, the impact of caring on carers’ health and well-being. In addition, the charities wanted to explore the extent to which carers were able to access services and if the cuts to social care were having an effect.
The report In Sickness and in Health is the findings of the survey of nearly 3,400 carers and their experiences. It concludes with recommendations from the eight charity partners and a call to action for the four governments of the UK.
KEY FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
The survey shows these changes to services are impacting negatively on carers’ health, ability to work, afford services and so on. The Carers Week charities are calling for the following in order to take action on carers’ health and well-being:
For more information about the report contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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