Carers UK’s new report reveals that the majority of carers are desperately 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.
Carers continue to provide extraordinary levels of care for loved ones with increasing needs, without the usual help from family and friends, and with limited or no support from local services.
Your responses to the survey showed that:
• 4 in 5 unpaid carers (81%) are currently providing more care than before lockdown.
• 78% of carers reported that the needs of the person they care for have increased recently.
• 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.
Carers UK are calling on Government to provide more support for carers over winter and to introduce a New Deal for Carers to better support carers and those they care for. Longer term, carers also need to be placed at the heart of a reformed and sustainable social care system that provides more support to both those providing and receiving care.
How you can help
To raise awareness of the increased support carers urgently need, we are asking that you join our latest campaign by writing to your local MP to share with them your own personal experiences of caring during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is vital that MPs hear first-hand how the pandemic has made it harder for their constituents to care for those close to them.