Who cares for the carers?

Britain’s six million unpaid carers are in trouble, according to a report by the Carers Trust.

Six out of ten adult carers report having mental health problems due to the stress of juggling caring and their other responsibilities.

One in four experience both mental and physical health problems including insomnia, muscular strains, and exhaustion.

Six out of ten said caring responsibilities had damaged their careers.

It’s estimated that these carers save the government almost £120 billion a year and yet two thirds of them had never received any help including counselling and respite care.

Carers are twice as likely to suffer ill-health and almost 75% suffer financially. Furthermore a quarter of the carers are over 60 years of age and have to try and manage lifting, feeding and supporting infirm people.

The government has recognised the increasing problem but has done little or nothing about it. It will get worse as the population ages and the number of carers could increase to nine million over the next twenty-five years.

Source: i 08/05/2012

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