During the pandemic Healthwatch Warwickshire heard from some service providers about how worried carers were about future lockdowns (due to COVID19) and how that might impact on their own mental health and wellbeing as well as the physical and mental health of the people they care for.
We decided to act on this and to find out more about carer’s own situations and how they were managing to maintain their own health and wellbeing. We wanted to understand what might prevent people from asking for help, if people are aware of what help is out there for them, and what is lacking in the support available to them.
What did we find?
- We heard from 239 people with caring responsibilities across Warwickshire
- 82% of people told us they have not spent as much time on their own health and wellbeing
- Over 50% of respondents told us they had to stop working or reduce their hours due to their caring role
- Only 34% were aware of the Care Act 2014, which sets out their rights as Carers
- Many people caring for someone else told us that they have long-term conditions themselves to manage
- 64% told us they felt they did not get enough respite or breaks from their caring role
As you will see in our report, we have made a number of recommendations which will be shared with organisations.
The valuable feedback we have received from local carers will be used to help inform the planning, service delivery, and design for the new Warwickshire Care Strategy. It is a joint strategy that will put systems in place to help to support unpaid carers and also reduce the impact of illness and disability upon families.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our survey, and to those who helped spread the word about the project.
If you didn't get a chance to fill out our survey you can still have your say - we'd love to hear your story.