In this country, care for older people rests mostly on the backs of family carers. 70% of carers are supporting someone aged over 65. Half of these will live with the person and the majority are of working age, mostly in their 50s suggesting that they are the children of the people they are caring for. They are a hugely under appreciated over exploited resource.
I think the way that family carers are treated are appalling; their efforts taken for granted, the expectation that they will undertake any and all tasks from giving injections to changing incontinence pads all without the help and training given to paid carers, and that they will do all this for a paltry amount of money £59.75 a week IF they even qualify for it.
Frankly without them the health and social care system would collapse completely – but here’s the thing. 1 in 5…
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