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Worn out unpaid carers in Scotland uncertain the services they rely on will continue post-pandemic
Worn out unpaid carers in Scotland uncertain the services they rely on will continue post-pandemic, according to research conducted Carers Scotland.
The research found that:
More than a third (36%) of people caring unpaid for family members or friends in Scotland feel unable to manage their caring role
71% of unpaid carers have not had any breaks from their caring role during the pandemic
Just 23% of exhausted unpaid carers in Scotland are confident that the support they receive with caring will continue following the COVID-19 pandemic.
After an extraordinarily challenging year providing many more hours of care for loved ones during the pandemic - coping with reduced support from health and care services as well as limited help from family and friends - unpaid carers are seriously worried about the support they will have to help them care in the future.
Research released for Carers Week (07 – 13 June 2021) found that 71% of unpaid carers in Scotland have not had any breaks from their caring role during the pandemic. Of those who got a break, over a third (36%) used the time to complete practical tasks or housework, and almost a quarter (24%) to attend their own medical appointments.
Three quarters (77%) reported being exhausted as a result of caring during the pandemic.
More than a third (36%) said they feel unable to manage their unpaid caring role.
Carers Week charities call on the Scottish Government to prioritise the reopening of services that give unpaid carers a break from caring and ensure sufficient funding is available to provide more breaks for carers.