Carers UK have published a new report based on the responses of just over 5,900 unpaid carers in the UK.
The report reveals that the majority of carers are worried about how they will continue to care safely through the coming winter, and that many people are already exhausted and close to burning out.
Responses show that:
- 81% of carers are providing more care since the Covid-19 pandemic.
- 40% of carers are providing more care because the needs of the person they care for have increased.
- 38% are providing more care because of local services reducing or closing.
- Most carers (64%) have not been able to take any breaks at all in the last six months.
- More than half (58%) of carers have seen their physical health impacted by caring through the pandemic, while 64% said their mental health has worsened.
- Over two-thirds of carers (67%) are worried about how they would cope if further lockdowns or local restrictions were introduced.
The survey also showed that many people are struggling financially – more than one in ten respondents said they were/had been in debt as a result of caring.
Among the few positives reported were that, for some carers, the shift to working from home has been beneficial. Sone have also enjoyed a simpler life and more time connecting with family, friends and their local community.
To raise awareness of the increased support that carers urgently need, Carers UK have launched a new campaign and are asking carers to write to their local MP to share personal experiences of caring during the Covid-19 pandemic. Click here for a template to send to your MP.
If you are currently struggling in your caring role and are feeling worried about the coming months, you can contact us on 0800 181 4118 during office hours. A duty worker can return your call. We have a number of services that may be able to help. If your caring role has changed significantly, you may be able to be re-assessed.