Letter: Carers survey

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Increasing numbers of your readers will be taking on care of loved ones - over half will be juggling paid work with unpaid care for loved ones. In particular we are seeing a rise in the number of working families supporting a loved one with dementia.

They may not instantly identify themselves a ‘carer’. It might be they are helping Mum or Dad or an older relative with shopping, housework, medication or getting about. Help can start at a few hours a week, but need can also suddenly creep up and become difficult to manage, especially if families are living apart.

Care for an older loved often comes at peak career age. Without the right support, the strain of caring for an elderly loved one and working, often alongside raising children, can force employees with valuable experience and skill out of the workforce.

Carers UK’s research shows 2.3m people in the UK have given up work to. Businesses we are already working with tell the same story as the statistics – dementia care is a key issue for workforce retention, recruitment and resilience.

Through a survey launched today we will examine key issues and support needs for employees caring for a loved one with dementia and practical ways in which employers and other parties can help.

The surveys can be found at www.carersuk.org/dementiasurvey

Heléna Herklots

Chief Executive, Carers UK