Part-time carers 'need more help'

28 November 2012 09:22

49% of part-time cancer carers receive no additional support

49% of part-time cancer carers receive no additional support

More support needs to be provided for carers who combine full-time time employment with looking after their loved ones after McMillan Cancer Support revealed nearly half of people balance their work life with care in the home.

Research conducted by the charity found that 11% of these full-time workers provided more than 35 hours of care a week outside of the office, while 49% claimed to receive no support to help them look after their loved one with cancer when compared to just 5% who receive a local authority Carers' Assessment, which grants them practical, emotional and financial support.

The charity hopes to raise awareness of the Carers' Assessment scheme, while calling on healthcare professionals to guide carers in the direction of the assessment to enable more cancer patients and carers to have a better quality of life, such as affording travel insurance for cancer patients to cover an overdue holiday. Ciaran Devane, chief executive at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: "Dealing with the relentless physical and emotional pressures of caring for someone with cancer is hard enough, combining it with a full-time job is extremely difficult and can drive carers to breaking point."

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