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An unpaid carer is someone who looks after, or gives any help or support to family members, friends, neighbours or others because of long-term physical or mental ill-health or disability, or issues related to older age.

Wales has the highest proportion of older carers in the UK and the highest proportion of carers providing more than 50 hours of care a week.

Older carers form a crucial part of our health and social care system in Wales and provide unpaid care worth millions of pounds each year but without effective support, carers can become exhausted and ill themselves. Those caring for older people living with dementia and those moving into a care home are also in particular need of support

To support these carers, Age Cymru and Carers Trust Wales are working in partnership on a national three year project until March 2023, funded by Welsh Government.

This project will support the early identification of older carers to provide timely and person-centred information and advice, enable older carers to influence policy, service design and delivery and decision making by ensuring their voices are heard through our national programme, and better meet the needs of older carers, carers of people living with dementia, and carers of people who have now moved to live in a care home.

If you'd like more information, please contact us

  • For The Moment - summary of findings from older carers

    During Carers Rights Day 2020, we launched our Hidden Carers survey which sought the views and input from older unpaid carers across Wales who were not in receipt of formal support. During Carers Weeks in 2021, we're delighted to launch our findings.

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