An unpaid carer is: ‘… any person, adult or child, who provides unpaid support to a partner, relative or friend who couldn’t manage to live independently or whose health or wellbeing would deteriorate without this help. This could be due to frailty, disability or serious health condition, mental ill health or substance misuse.’ (Royal College of GPs)
A variety of tools and practical guidance to enable GP practice teams to identify and support patients who are carers.
DID YOU KNOW ?
In the 2011 census
• 13,900+people in Wokingham Borough identified themselves as unpaid carers (9% of population) • 2,315 of them provide more than 50 hours of care every week
• £17.60 is the average hourly rate that Wokingham Council would have paid for a home care worker (2014-2015) in the absence of any informal, unpaid care
• £27.70 is the average hourly rate paid in this region for those paying privately for care (2016)
• 55% of carers in a national survey describe themselves as depressed