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Those looking after older or disabled loves ones are missing out on vital practical and financial support

25 November 2016
Years of missing out on support taking its toll on the health and finances of those caring for loved ones
 
Those looking after older or disabled loved ones are missing out on vital practical and financial support with disastrous consequences for their own health and finances, according to new findings released today (25 November) on Carers Rights Day by Carers UK.  People often don’t see themselves as carers and aren’t identified and as a result miss out on support. Half of carers (52%) surveyed said missing out on support impacted negatively on their finances and a similar number (50%) said it had an impact on their physical health.
 
New research published today ‘Missing Out: the identification challenge’ [1] also reveals that:
 
  • More than half of people (54%) took over a year to recognise their caring role, almost one in four (23%) took over 5 years to identify as a carer, and nearly one in ten (9%) took over 10 years.
  • Some groups of carers, such as those caring for disabled children or people with mental health conditions, or caring at a distance, take longer than average to identify their role
  • Nine in ten (91%) of carers said they missed out on financial or practical support (or both) as a result of not identifying as a carer
  • Three quarters of carers (76%) suffered from stress and anxiety as a result of missing out on support
  • Two in five carers (43%) said missing out on support had caused them to give up work to care.

The Missing Out report can be accessed here

You can read the full press release in English and Welsh below

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