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Carers Week 2018

Monday 11 to Sunday 17 June

Carers Week is now over! This year over 1,300 events were held and 466 people and organisations pledged their support for carers. Dates for Carers Week 2019 have not been released yet.

Carers Week logoCarers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. 

During Carers Week 2018 we looked at all the ways we can support carers to stay Healthy and Connected. Building communities which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with health and wellbeing needs of their own.

The campaign is brought to life by the individuals and organisations who come together to organise activities and events throughout the UK, drawing attention to just how important caring is.

Carers Week Report 2018

Released for Carers Week 11 – 17 June, the research reveals:

Almost three quarters (72%) of carers in the UK said they had suffered mental ill health as a result of caring, while well over half (61%) said their physical health had worsened.

Unless more support is provided,national charities are warning that the UK’s carers won’t be healthy enough to care for loved ones in the future.

Carers worry about coping in the future

The research shows:

  • Over half of carers in the UK said they expect their physical (58%) and mental (57%) health and well-being to get worse in the next two years.
  • Two in five (43%) carers said that they expect to be able to provide less care or no care in the future because of poor physical health. One third of carers (35%) felt that poor mental health would mean they will be able to provide less or no care in the future.
  • Older people, especially those over 75 years old, were most likely to say they expected to be able to provide less or no care in the future because of poor physical health (54% of over 65s and 59% of over 75s).

Main stressors for carers

Carers were most likely to say that the impact of stress and anxiety on their own health was their main worry about the impact of caring on their own health and wellbeing.

Carers named the main stressors contributing most to their stress and anxiety as not getting enough sleep, providing hands on care for the person they care for, and managing financially.

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We will keep campaigning until every carer gets proper recognition and support.

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