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Carers UK responds to call for more support for former carers

19 February 2015

Carers UK welcomes today’s report by the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK) which calls for more support for former carers. 

Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Carers UK, Emily Holzhausen, said:

Over 2 million people every year have to adjust to their caring role coming to an end. Whether this is because their loved on has died or gone into long-term care, this can bring significant life changes.  Without the right financial advice and support at this stage, carers are at risk of ending up in financial hardship.  Emotional support is vital too in order to prevent carers becoming isolated and depressed as their routine and social relationships change. The number of older people caring for others has risen three times faster than the general carer population since 2001 demonstrating a real demographic challenge for Government and public services.

The report says:

  • Support for carers must not stop after the person they look after passes away or moves out of the home.
  • People, often the elderly, who give up a caring role often suffer from depression and both the loss of a loved one, or getting used to them not being at home can lead to isolation.
  • Government, councils and support organisations should do more to help carers and also provide extra support if they are dealing with bereavement.
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