Breaks, or Breakdown? Carers Week Report
This year we were proud to continue our support of Carer’s Week, which ran from 7th June – 13th June. Carers Week is an annual campaign set up to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
Research released for Carers Week has found that carers lost, on average, 25 hours of support a month they previously had from services or family and friends before the pandemic.
72% of carers have not had any breaks from their caring role at all. Of those who got a break, a third (33%) used the time to complete practical tasks or housework, and a quarter (26%) to attend their own medical appointments.
This is clearly a shocking statistic and rightfully so, the government is being lobbied by the six main charities that support Carers Week to provide £1.2 billion funding for unpaid carers’ breaks, so that those providing upwards of 50 hours of care are able to take time off for their own health and wellbeing.
If you are a carer yourself, or know someone that is a carer, how have they coped during the pandemic?
Our Care, Capacity & Court of Protection team are well positioned to assist carers with advice, support, and ensuring they have the appropriate accredited support network around them for the future.
If you or anyone you know would benefit from a conversation with a member of our team, then do get in touch with us either via firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling us on 01903 229999.