Author: Age Cymru
Published on 08 June 2015 02:30 PM
Graeme Francis, Head of Policy, marks Carers Week 8 – 12 June by acknowledging the invaluable contribution unpaid carers make every day across Wales.
“Unpaid carers, the majority of whom are aged over 50, currently provide 96% of community care in Wales.
“This means that carers in Wales are currently saving the economy £7.72 billion per year and are effectively propping up our current care system.
“We need to acknowledge that the social and economic value of care provided by and for older people is considerable.
“An increasing number of older people are providing care across Wales with many feeling they do not receive the support they require.
“Many older people do not identify themselves as carers, as they view themselves simply as doing what is necessary for the individual they are helping.
“However, we would like to see the contribution of the carer adequately recognised by health and social care professionals, whilst acknowledging that their contribution should not be taken for granted by the professionals involved.
“Without this care being provided, many would be left isolated with little or no support, and pressures on state care provision would significantly increase.”
Age Cymru is currently undertaking research to give a voice to older people in Wales living with dementia and those who care for them, on behalf of the Older People's Commissioner for Wales.
To share your experiences of caring for someone living with dementia, or of experiencing dementia yourself, please contact Kathy Lye of Age Cymru on 029 2043 1570 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our practical information and advice guide ‘Advice for carers’ looks at the benefits you can claim, how to organise respite care and how care can impact on your health and social life.