A study has shown that caregivers are suffering mentally and physically because of their challenging roles
The carer week, which falls June 11-17, inspired new research into the experiences of the carers themselves. The consortium that created the event – eight major charities, including Age UK and Macmillan Cancer Support – spoke with 7,000 practitioners to learn more about their lives and to remind them to think more about their health.
The results have proved to be worrisome. Only seven out of ten of the respondents claimed that their medical examiner knows that they are an assistant, but less than one in 1
A little more however, encouraging, almost 50% of carers whose primary care physicians know they are a carer said that their general practitioner suggested they receive the flu shot.
The treatment has a huge impact on the health and well-being of the assistant and the relationship acts as evidence that they need to be in better contact with their treating physicians to keep themselves healthy and happy. In turn, primary care physicians must be aware of the risks inherent in care roles and know what to advise.
For example, 73% of carers in the United Kingdom reported having suffered mental health problems because of their role, 61% said that their physical health also worsened. Many carers are worried that they will not be able to continue their role in the future due to lack of support.
Helena Herklots CBE, CEO of Carers UK, said on the subject:
"This new research is a strong reminder that the huge contribution of the 6.5 million unpaid carers of the United Kingdom should not be taken for granted.Without the unpaid care provided daily by family and friends, our health and care services would collapse.
"However, the physical and mental stress of care, without sufficient support, is jeopardizing the caregiver's ability to care in the future.  "Caring for a loved one too often means carers neglect their mental and physical health, finding time and space to be healthy, getting enough sleep and maintaining relationships with others are all huge challenges identified by carers Leave yourself unprepared to perform care tasks and struggling with complex health, benefits and care systems accumulate even more stress on carers.
"We can all work to ensure that carers know and access support and support. as soon as possible in their thoughtful journey. There is also a key role for the government; a forthcoming green book on social care funding provides an unmissable opportunity for the government to implement sustainable funding for social care and to improve the support available to carers. "
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