A new survey of 55,700 carers published on Thursday 3 August by NHS Digital found that almost 40% of carers who reported the most serious financial difficulties also felt socially isolated.
The Personal Social Services Survey of Adult Carers in England 2016-17 also found that:
- 21% of carers surveyed have been providing unpaid care for over 20 years.
- 71% of carers were extremely, very or quite satisfied with the support or services they received, compared to 13 per cent who were extremely, very or quite dissatisfied.
- 90% of carers aged 85 and over (22,100) have caring responsibility for someone aged 75 or over.
- Of all carers, 76% report ‘feeling tired’ and 64% report they experienced ‘disturbed sleep’ as a result of their caring role.
- The average quality of life score for carers in England is 7.7 out of 12; carers who had a quality of life score lower than the national average are more likely to spend 50 hours a week or more on their caring responsibilities. The average quality of life score in the previous survey, in 2014-15, was 7.9. However, the population surveyed was different.