In Essex there are over 145,000 carers (180,000 if you include Southend and Thurrock). That’s 180,00 reasons for us to care.
Carers are the largest source of care and support in each area of the UK. It is in everyone’s interest that they are supported.
- Taking on a caring role can mean facing a life of poverty, isolation, frustration, ill health and depression.
- Many carers give up an income, future employment prospects and pension rights to become a carer.
- Many carers also work outside the home and are trying to juggle jobs with their responsibilities as carers.
- The majority of carers struggle alone and do not know that help is available to them.
- Carers say that access to information, financial support and breaks in caring are vital in helping them manage the impact of caring on their lives.
To care safely and maintain their own physical and mental health and well-being, carers need information, support, respect and recognition from the professionals with whom they are in contact. Improved support for the person being cared for can make the carer’s role more manageable.
Carers need support to be able to juggle their work and caring roles or to return to work if they have lost employment due to caring.
With an ageing population, the UK will need more care from families and friends in the future. This is an issue that will touch everyone’s life at some point. Carer support concerns everyone.