From Carer Watch*
Press release from the charity Carers UK — which is not to be confused with the dreadful privatiser of services known as CareUK
11 September 2014
Carers across the UK are being pushed to the brink – suffering exhaustion, physical and mental breakdown as they struggle to care for older or disabled loved ones.
Carers UK’s Carers at breaking point research – based on a survey of over 5,000 carers1 – shows:
- 6 in 10 caring for an older, disabled or seriously ill loved one have reached breaking point.
- A quarter needing medical treatment as a result.
- 63% suffered depression and 79% reported anxiety.
Swheatie notes that Carer Watch is too independent of public funds to be 'a charity' as such. It is an online self-help network of family based carers too independent of any Government assistance to be considered a 'charity'. He also notes that carers save taxpayers more than the total budget of the NHS.