Caring Behind Closed Doors: forgotten families in the Coronavirus outbreak
Carers UK has carried out an online survey between 3rd April and 14th April 2020. A total of 5,047 carers and former carers responded to the survey. This included 4,830 current carers and 217 former carers.
Many of those who responded were providing very high levels of care, or juggling care in complex lives. Not only are many providing more care than before, they are suffering financially and are worried about the future. Key messages included:
- 70% of carers are providing more care due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
- Over a third (35%) of carers are providing more care
- as a result of local services reducing or closing.
- Carers are, on average, providing 10 additional hours of care a week.