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Aviva, an EfC member, has launched new research that suggests an estimated 2.6 million employees aged 45 and over expect that they will have to leave their jobs in order to care for a relative or partner. Many mid-life employees are opting to take on their relatives’ care duties themselves as a means of minimising care bills, but this decision is coming at the expense…
Research finds 112,000 people gave up work or retired early to look after relatives last year, as experts highlight employers’ ‘big role to play’ in supporting carersAlzheimer’s disease and other causes of dementia are costing employers billions as staff are forced to reduce their hours or quit their jobs to care for relatives, research has claimed. A study, conducted by the Centre for Economic and…
More than half of ‘sandwich carers’ – people who look after both children and older relatives – find balancing their work and home lives difficult, according to research from wellbeing company BHSF. BHSF estimates that 1.3 million people in the UK fall into the sandwich carer category, and London-based workers struggle the most. While one in six nationally say that their responsibilities are always too…
Freedom of Information request reveals unpaid carers seeking replacement care for loved ones subjected to a postcode lottery Hundreds of thousands of carers going without enough sleep or seeing a doctor Give carers a break if we truly want to improve our social care system Unpaid carers are unable to see a doctor because they can’t get a break from caring, according to damning new…
 This article by Woman&Home, citing Carers UK research, contains useful advice and tips for carers on getting the help they need. Just the idea of a close friend or family member being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can strike fear into many of us. But, if you’re one of the 700,000 informal carers in the UK looking after someone at home, that nightmare is your daily reality.…