[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 3 Issue 2, September 2012].
A partnership of eight charities explored the impact of caring on carers’ health and wellbeing through an online survey. This publication coincides with this year’s Carers Week. The charities also explored the extent to which carers are able to access services and the degree to which cuts in social care have an effect.
Carers Week (June 18th to 24th 2012) is organised by a consortium of eight national charities:
- Age UK.
- Carers Trust.
- Carers UK.
- Independent Age.
- Macmillan Cancer Support.
- Marie Curie Cancer Care.
- MS Society.
- Parkinson’s UK.
The report covering a survey of nearly 3,400 carers found:
- 84% of carers had never expected to be a carer.
- Caring had a negative impact on carers’ physical health (83%) and mental health (87%).
- 39% put off medical treatment because of caring.
- 37% of carers aged 18 to 64 years old had to cease working because of caring responsibilities.
- 64% identified a lack of practical support as a problem.
- 50% identified deplored the lack of financial support.
- 26% had already experienced cuts to their services.
- 40% of carers reported stress in waiting for financial and practical support.
This document presents recommendations from the eight charity partners and a “call to action” for the four governments of the UK. See also the BBC coverage.
Age UK (2012). In sickness and in health: a survey of 3,400 UK carers about their health and well-being. London: Age UK, June 2012.