Research by Which? Elderly Care reveals a sizeable information gap for unpaid carers in England. Analysis of Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) data found that nearly a third (31%) of unpaid carers looking after an elderly relative (65+) struggled to find the information they needed.
With 3.8 million unpaid carers in England looking after someone over the age of 65, many could be missing out on critical information they need to help them access support. Concerned about the accessibility of information, advice and support in England, Which? Elderly Care has launched a new free information hub for unpaid carers, to help tackle this information gap and to help unpaid carers and councils.
Analysis of HSCIC data found stark variations in how easy it was for unpaid carers of elderly relatives to find information in their local area. Around half of these unpaid carers in Brent (55%), Hounslow (50%), Sheffield (46%) and Lambeth (46%) had difficulty finding information and advice.
In comparison, only one in seven (15%) of these carers in Halton – and around one in five carers in Redbridge and St Helens (17% and 18% respectively) – struggled to find information and advice.
Designed to supplement and bring together local authority information, Which? Elderly Care’s Carers Hub includes advice on how unpaid carers can arrange a carer’s assessment through their local council, get information on the financial support and the services available in your area, as well as advice on how to take a break from your caring role.
Daphne Sanderson, 76 from Gloucestershire has cared for her husband for many years. She commented:
“Having cared for my husband since the late 1970s, I know just how much of a difference the right information, support and advice can make to a carer’s quality of life. Raising the profile of carers, as well as ensuring they have all the tools they need, is vitally important.”
You find out more about Which? Elderly Care’s Carers Hub by visiting www.which.co.uk/elderly-care/for-carers