Carers Trust report: ‘No such thing as retirement for older carers’

Carers Trust has launched “Retirement on Hold”, a new report which highlights some of the challenges the older population are facing.

According to the report, there are more than 1.8 million unpaid carers aged over 60 who may never retire.

Carers said they are struggling with the social care system and by the time they receive vital information it is often too late. Many are set to be unpaid carers for the rest of their lives, while they commonly have their own health issues to deal with.

Gail Scott-Spicer, CEO of Carers Trust, said:

“With more than 1.8 million unpaid carers over the age of 60 in England, and with a longer life expectancy, the older generation can expect to care for longer and later into their lives.

“Without more financial support for social care and help on a practical level, they can look forward to working harder without the perks of the job, such as annual leave and occupational health assessments.”

Key findings of the report:

  • Care coordination – carers said they were spending too much time, and became stressed and anxious when trying to organise care and support for the person with care needs.
  • Carers are caring for someone else when they have their own age-related health condition.
  • The pressures around carers feeling they had a ‘duty to care’ – the Care Act recognises that caring should be a choice.
  • Lack of appropriate replacement care to enable carers to take a break.

The report also makes a number of recommendations related to access to ‘care coordinators’, information and replacement care.

You can read more, including the full report, at Carers Trust.

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