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What’s it really like caring for a loved one?

Section: MembershipType: News Item Date Published: 28th March 2019

Carers Scotland have launched The State of Caring Survey 2019 to hear about carers' experiences.

More than 750,000 people in Scotland are caring unpaid for a loved one who is older, disabled, or seriously ill. Whether it’s round-the-clock or for a few hours a week, in their own home or for someone at the other end of a motorway – caring can have a huge impact on people’s lives.

Unpaid carers are holding families together and enabling loved ones to get the most out of life. They make an enormous contribution to society and together save the Scottish economy £10.8 billion a year. Yet many find themselves stretched to the limit; often financially, without access to support or unable to take a break.

Carers in Scotland deserve to have their say on what affects them and their ability to care – what is working well and what needs to change. By filling in our State of Caring survey (this link will take you away from our website) they can help inform Scotland’s most comprehensive research into experiences of looking after a loved one. The survey answers will help the charity make life better for carers – giving us the evidence to push carers up the agenda for policy makers and campaign for support and change.

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