Informal carers (also called unpaid carers) are people who look after family members, friends, neighbours or others because of long-term physical or mental ill health or disability, or care needs related to old age. This does not include any activities as part of paid employment.
Carers freely give their time and energy to support friends or family members and many rightly take pride in providing essential support for those close to them. Caring for others should not be to the detriment of the carer’s own health and wellbeing and carers can receive support in a number of ways – including from social services, the NHS, or the benefit system.
The department of Health thinks that we need a new strategy for carers setting out how they can do more. One which reflects their lives now, the health and financial concerns they have, and gives them the support they need to live well whilst caring for a family member or friend.
To help them develop the strategy, they want to hear from carers, those who have someone care for them, business, social workers, NHS staff and other professionals that support carers.
You can complete a survey and learn more about the new strategy and how you can get involved here.