A new report from Carers UK shows how significantly carers continue to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic – providing more care, with less support and worried about how they’ll cope over winter.
Over 5,900 carers shared their experiences of caring, with responses share in a new report Caring Behind Closed Doors: 6 months on.
Key findings include:
- 4 out of 5 carers are providing more care than before loockdown.
- More than three-quarters 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 of carers have seen their physical health impacted by caring through the pandemic, while 64% said their mental health has worsened.
Carers to write to their MP
Carers UK is calling on the Government to provide immediate support for carers through winter, in line with carers’ priorities. They also want Government to introduce a New Deal for Carers. To support this work, they’d like carers to write to their MP to share their own personal experiences of providing care during the pandemic and the impact its had on their life. More on the campaign here.