State of Caring Carers UK State of Caring 2017 Report - Page 24

STATE OF CARING REPORT 2017 A contribution that is understood and valued? Carers make a huge contribution to the lives of those they care for and to our wider society. They provide invaluable support often at personal cost to their own mental and physical wellbeing, their relationships with family and friends, and to their own needs. Yet the majority of carers report feeling that their contribution is not understood and is not valued. Almost three quarters of people (73%) said they feel government does not understand their contribution or value it at all, while only 15% of people said their contribution is well understood and valued by health and care professionals, despite these being the very people who carers rely on for support. I want staff in health and social care to talk to me not ignore me. I want them to understand that I work part time so am not always available. I want them to understand that I am getting older. I want them to understand that I have a married life and friends whom I neglect Those providing more than 50 hours of care per week and those providing care to a disabled child were most likely to say government didn’t understand or value their contribution at all (75%), while those providing care to a disabled child were also the most likely to say that health and care staff didn’t understand or value their contribution at all (36%). I feel that as a carer I only count as the cheapest form of care available. It starts and stops with that 24