Support for Carers – we want to hear your stories about caring during Covid-19 

In addition to existing carers many people became unpaid carers overnight when lockdown was imposed, increasing their responsibilities to look after older, disabled or seriously ill loved ones and relatives instantly.  
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With some day care centres and respite suspended or reduced , it left carers in a particularly challenging position. We want to hear what it has been like for you, and how things need to change going forward, which is why we are launching our survey today. It only takes about 5 minutes.

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We  undertook  a  general Covid-19 survey back in June, to ask people how they found accessing health and care services during the pandemic. We continued to receive calls and emails from carers to our helpdesk highlighting issues.   

My wife usually cares for a disabled person in the community, now we are both shielding this person isn’t getting the help they need. We don’t know who to turn to?

Nationally, it is thought that  4.5 million additional people  have taken on  caring for older, disabled or seriously ill relatives or friends since the Covid-19 pandemic  started. Many of these people are also juggling work and family life alongside unpaid care work and finding it very difficult.   

The  figures were revealed at the end of June as part of Carers Week and the six charities  supporting Carers Week - Carers UK, Age UK, Carers Trust, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Oxfam GB and Rethink Mental Illness – are calling on the UK Government to recognise and raise awareness of the role unpaid carers are playing during the pandemic and ensure they are supported through it, and beyond.  

I had to remove my family member from his extra care housing due to issues there. I am now his sole carer which is not ideal and am trying to find him new care, but he has been living with me through lockdown

We want to understand the picture in Wokingham by asking all unpaid carers to take part in our survey and share their experiences with us. Our aim is to:  

  • identify the issues affecting unpaid carers since the pandemic began  

  • identify what needs to be done differently to support carers going forward     

Ways to share your views with us:   

  • Complete the survey online: HERE 

Write to us at:   

Healthwatch Wokingham   

Town Hall, Market Place  
Wokingham, RG40 1AS  

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