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Most home carers 'stressed'

14 July 2017 08:58

Most home carers are left-stressed by their roles, a new report has revealed

Most home carers are left-stressed by their roles, a new report has revealed

More than three-quarters of long-term carers feel stressed by their role, according to a new report.

Carers UK says 1 in 3 long-term carers have gone half a decade without having a day off. The charity defines long-term carers as those who have been caring for five years or more.

It spoke to 3,841 people as part of its State of Caring 2017 report.

The health costs of caring

The report found that 72% of carers said their role had made them more anxious, while sleeping problems and also eating healthily were an issue for many.

Many people try to deal with stress by taking a holiday. If you're travelling with someone with a pre-existing medical condition you can arrange specialist medical travel insurance.

What the experts say

Helena Herklots, chief executive of Carers UK, said: "More and more of us are stepping in to provide care and support to loved ones and doing so for more hours every week.

"Without access to breaks, carers can quickly reach breaking point, unable to look after their own health, nurture relationships with friends and family or have the time they need to themselves.

"Our research shows that carers are struggling to get a break because appropriate support for their loved ones isn't available or services they rely on are being cut or charged for.

"The need for an action plan from the Government on how they will improve support to carers is now urgent."