It is estimated that there could now be as many as 1.1 million people in Scotland caring unpaid for a loved one who is older, disabled, or seriously ill during the coronavirus pandemic.
We know that it has been an especially difficult time for family carers, with the majority having to provide more care during the pandemic; on average 10 additional hours a week. With many face-to-face day services still closed or limited because of covid, some families are caring round the clock without a break.
It’s thanks to carers sharing their personal experiences with Carers Scotland that they are able to explain to politicians and policy makers the challenges they face. Now as we head in to winter, six months on from the coronavirus outbreak, they need to do this again to find out what is going on with carers and to try to ensure that their needs are met.
By filling in their survey, ‘Caring Behind Closed Doors: 6 months on’ unpaid carers in Scotland can help inform the UK’s most comprehensive study into experiences of looking after a loved one during the coronavirus crisis. The survey link is: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CFCT3R9
With a Scottish Government plan for social care reform currently in the making, it has never been more important for unpaid carers to share their experiences. Please share this with your carer colleagues to help give them the best response possible. The closing date for the survey is Sunday 27th September.