Providing care can encompass a wide range of activities from emotional care, keeping someone company when the feel low to providing round the clock personal care.
1 in 10 people in Sheffield are carers and it is estimated that there are 7 million carers in the UK. Every day in Sheffield approximately 55 people start to care for the first time.
Many people do not recognise themselves as carers and just see themselves as helping someone close to them. It can take months and often years for someone to recognise that they are a carer. By providing unpaid care to people in the community, carers make a significant contribution to the local economy.
However, the mental and physical demands of caring can take their toll and have significant impact.
Carers are more likely to…
80% of carers state that caring has had a negative impact on their physical and mental health. More than half have a long term health condition while nearly a third of carers have a physical disability.
Providing care for someone in your family or a friend at some point in our lives is becoming increasingly common with 60% of the population becoming carers at some point in their life.
Caring costs and can have financial implications for families
Carers are getting older (21% increase of carers aged 65+ from the 2001 to 2011 census). It is estimated that 70% of people being cared for are aged 65 or over.
There are a number of factors that when added together cause health inequalities for carers. Caring can lead to social exclusion, isolation, poverty, restrict employment opportunities and affect relationships with partners or other family members.
Local figures show that…
- Out of a total population in Sheffield of 552,698, 57,373 people are carers (4,594 are young carers). However research by the BBC in 2010 estimated that 1 in 12 young people are young carers. This would equate to 7,300 in Sheffield.
- 6% of the population in Sheffield are female and they represent 57% of carers, meaning that 43% of carers in Sheffield are male. There has been an increase in the number of male carers providing 20+ hours of care.
- 30% of carers in Sheffield reported they were in fair or bad health.
- 52% of carers in Sheffield are in employment.
- The value of Sheffield’s unpaid caring is £1,186 million.
National figures show that…
- Around 3 million carers are in employment with 400,000 combining full-time work with 20 hours or more of caring per week.
- One in five carers end up leaving their job because of the demands of caring.
- Over 40% are male.
- The peak age of carers is 50-64 (20%).
- 178,000 young carers under age 18.
- Young adult carers (16 and 18) are twice as likely to be not in education, employment or training (NEET).
- A quarter of carers provide more than 50 hours of care per week.
- It has been estimated that the value of care provided by carers is around £119 billion per year. More than the annual cost of the NHS.