With an ageing population and more people with disabilities living longer then they have before, it is estimated that 65% of adults will care unpaid for a loved one in their lifetime.
A recent study conducted by Carers UK along with the Universities of Birmingham and Sheffield which was published on Carers Right Day has these key findings:
- 70% of women will provide care in their adult life (with 60% men)
- By the time they are aged 46, half of women have been a carer. Men have the same 50/50 chance by the age of 57
- Almost half of carers are people aged 46-65
Here in Wiltshire, we estimate that around 11% of the population are unpaid carers. Although in reality, this number is likely to be much higher as many people don’t recognise themselves as carers.
Why does this matter to me?
We recognise the struggle that some carers can have. Caring for a loved one can affect your physical and mental health and can affect you financially, particularly if you have had to give up work because of your caring role.
The team at Carer Support Wiltshire are on-hand to provide you with information, advice and guidance in your caring role. We don’t want you to struggle alone and we can help to signpost you to services that may be able to help you locally.
Whether you are new to caring or you have been doing it for a while, get in touch with us by calling 0800 181 4118 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.