As the average age of the population rises, so does the number of people who find themselves providing unpaid care for a loved one. In fact, people aged 50 – 70 years old are most likely to provide ‘informal’ or unpaid care. This can be anything from everyday tasks such as helping someone out of bed, to emotionally supporting a person struggling with mental illness.
Many people take on the role of carer whilst trying to juggle other work and family commitments, with some even unaware that they are classed as a carer by NHS and government guidelines.
Whilst unpaid care has an estimated value of £132 billion a year, it can come at great personal cost to a carer’s financial stability and personal wellbeing. In fact, a recent survey by Carers UK reported that 64 per cent of those surveyed said they focussed on the needs of those they care for and not on their own. A further 81 per cent said they had felt lonely and isolated as a result of caring.
Our question is: who cares for the carer?
There are many organisations and charities across England and Wales that are dedicated to providing emotional and practical support for carers – including the MCF. Last year we helped 50 families with respite care, allowing carers time to focus on other parts of life with the reassurance that their care will be provided to loved ones.
Respite care: how can we support you?
We can arrange for paid carers to come to your home and support you with areas of care that you struggle to provide by yourself.
We can fund up to six weeks of residential or nursing home care per year, giving you a break from caring when you need it most.
If you are already receiving respite care from social services, we can provide top up grants to support you.
Sheila is one carer we’ve supported: