3 August 2017
- Regional data is available in this report
Almost 40 per cent of carers who reported the most serious financial difficulties also felt socially isolated, according to a survey of 55,700 carers, which is published today.
The Personal Social Services Survey of Adult Carers in England 2016-172, published today by NHS Digital, reports on the views of 55,700 carers3 who are caring for a person aged 18 or over.
For carers who reported not having financial problems caused by their caring duties (54 per cent), almost 10 per cent felt socially isolated. Financial difficulties caused by caring responsibilities was the only variable found to have a statistically significant effect on every question analysed in this report.
The report also provides information relating to the carer and their wider experiences of providing care.
- 21 per cent of carers surveyed have been providing unpaid care for over 20 years
- 71 per cent of carers were extremely, very or quite satisfied with the support or services they received, compared to 13 per cent who were extremely, very or quite dissatisfied
- 90 per cent of carers aged 85 and over (22,100) have caring responsibility for someone aged 75 or over
- Of all carers, 76 per cent report 'feeling tired' and 64 per cent report they experienced 'disturbed sleep' as a result of their caring role
- The average quality of life score for carers in England is 7.7 out of 124; carers who had a quality of life score lower than the national average are more likely to spend 50 hours a week or more on their caring responsibilities. The average quality of life score in the previous survey, in 2014-15, was 7.9. However, the population surveyed was different5
Read the full report at: www.digital.nhs.uk/pubs/psscarersurvey1617