11th June 2018
Carers wellbeing must be a priority
#CarersWeek, 11th-17th June 2018
Future Care Capital is supporting the annual campaign to raise awareness of the challenges faced everyday by unpaid carers. Carers Week also provides an opportunity to recognise the valuable contribution carers make to society.
This year’s theme focuses on carers staying Healthy and Connected. There are approximately 6.5 million carers in the UK.
All too often, the strain of being a carer can impact on a person’s health and wellbeing – according to the Carers Week organisers, 51% of carers let their own health issues go untreated.
Carers UK has found that the physical demands and stress of caring have led to 625,000 carers experiencing mental and physical ill health. National figures assessing the amount of time an individual is providing care point to a major policy dilemma which must be addressed. 1.3 million people provide over 50 hours of care per week. The government recently published an action plan for carers and signalled that their needs will be at the heart of the new social care strategy.
Only by recognising carers’ contribution can communities put in place the right support for their health and wellbeing needs.
Joel Charles, Deputy Chief Executive of Future Care Capital, said:
“The health and wellbeing of carers should be a priority. Our population is ageing and the number of older people who develop multiple conditions in later life presents an increasing challenge for carers. Carers strain is increasingly common, as individuals struggle to balance their needs with those they care for. There are a growing number of people across the country who are the primary carer to a friend or family member. Society must focus on developing a better ‘work-life-care’ balance for those individuals who are committed to caring for others.”
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Notes to Editors
Press enquiries – Joel Charles, Deputy Chief Executive of Future Care Capital, at [email protected] or 07377 338322.