Across the UK today 6.5 million people are carers, supporting a loved one who is older, disables or seriously ill.
That is 1 in 8 adults who care, unpaid, for family and friends. Within our lifetime this will increase to 9 million.
Our loved ones are living longer with illness or disability, and more and more of us are looking after them. Whether this is round the clock or for a few hours a week, caring can have a huge effect on us, our lives and our plans.
Caring is such an important part of life. It’s simply part of being human. Carers are holding families together, enabling loved ones to get the most out of life, making an enormous contribution to society and saving the economy billions of pounds.
Carers UK are there to help the 6000 people who become carers every day. Caring can be complicated. There is a maze of rights and entitlements that can be complicated. Getting a break can be complicates and peoples feeling about caring can be complicated.
Carers UK has an expert telephone advice and support service and has a wealth of information online.
It is important that we know if you are a carer so that we can ensure that you receive information, services and the help that is available to you. Please complete this form if you are a carer.
Dr Kirsty Moore is our carers’ champion and will be able to signpost you to the relevant services.
For more information on being a carer please click here.
Carers in Hertfordshire is a charity giving support and information to carers. Please visit their website for further information.