Unpaid carers close to burnout during Covid-19 crisis

Reduced or closed care services mean family members in Wales are picking up even more care for older, sick or disabled relatives.

Carers in Wales tell charity they feel ‘overwhelmed’ and are at risk of burning out. Carers Wales calls for Government recognition of unpaid carers’ efforts during pandemic and to ensure that carers rights are maintained as much as possible.

A staggering 79% of unpaid carers in Wales are having to provide more care for their loved ones during the coronavirus outbreak.

More than a third (36%) of them are providing more care because their local care and support services have been reduced or closed.

A survey of 270 current and former unpaid carers in Wales showed that, on average, carers are picking up an additional 11 hours of unpaid care per week, helping loved ones with personal care, practical tasks and emotional support.

Reduced care and support services, and paid care workers isolating or without personal protective equipment (PPE), mean many carers in Wales have no choice but to care round the clock for loved ones with complex health conditions and disabilities – without any hope of a break.

More than half (57%) of carers told the charity they feel overwhelmed managing their caring responsibilities during the outbreak and are worried about burning out in the coming weeks.

85% of carers in Wales said they are worried about what will happen to the people they care for if they have to self-isolate or become ill.