Thanks to improved diets, healthcare and living conditions, we’re living longer and staying active later into our lives. While this is great news, this has led to an increasing number of us having to care for aging loved ones without any respite.
According to data from the Social Market Foundation, 7.6 million people in the UK currently care for a family member, an increase of one million compared to ten years ago. The study not only revealed that more people are caring for their loved ones, but that more than half of them are female; 59% of carers are women. This number increases even more when you factor in care for a sick or disabled child, where 65% of these carers are women.
Caring for a loved one can be stressful and have negative effects on other aspects of your life such as your career, free time, and relationships. The 2011 census revealed that unpaid carers were more likely to rate their health as ‘not good’ than those not providing care.
“More women with professional and managerial jobs are trying to combine work with family care. We know that carers are often driven to reduce their hours or leave work altogether, and without proper support for these carers, there is a risk that women are increasingly driven out of professional careers, reversing recent progress towards equality in the workforce,” said Kathryn Petrie, Social Market Foundation economist.
A number of our customers are cared for by family members and use our service as respite care, or as cover when they are on holiday or working. If you are currently caring for a loved one and would like some extra support from Avant, please contact us and we can build a care plan based around your requirements. We tailor make every plan to suit your needs and ensure that we treat people in a way that we would like to be treated ourselves.