Government is failing older carers

Posted on October 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The Government is failing to support properly an estimated two million older carers, a report by Help the Aged has said. The charity estimates that one in three of all carers are aged over 60, many putting in long hours of intensive caring while on very low incomes, or suffering from a serious health condition themselves. But social services are failing to provide respite and support for them, the report, “Caring in Later Life”, says. The author of the report, Alisoun Milne, said three out of four older carers looking after someone in the same home received no regular visits from statutory services, and one in three older carers had not had a break since they started caring. “It1s clear from the review that there are many older carers, particularly spouses, caring in the most stressful and challenging of circumstances, with little or no support,” Ms Milne said. “It is time services found ways to offer support to this very dedicated group.” The report says one third of older carers support spouses, and one fif

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