Feelings of stress, concern, anxiety, and worry characterise how the generation managing the care of an elderly parent are invariably left feeling. And they are crying out for support from family members, employers and social services.
Isolated and feeling out of control; unsupported by the existing health and social framework; financially stretched due to plugging the care gaps alongside juggling work - these feelings are experienced across the board, and amplified in our independent survey of 1000 British 45-60 year olds*.
coping with care
Faced by a multiplicity of issues, 36 percent of respondents felt that additional help from family members would help them cope better. Of these, the unemployed and retired were by far and away those most in need of this family support, and those with no children of their own also scored highly.
Twenty nine percent of those surveyed highlighted that more support and recognition from employers for the issues faced by working carers would give them a much needed helping hand. And a significant 18 percent wanted better information about the services or support available.
help and advice
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* Independent research conducted among 1,000 UK adults aged 45-60 December 2011.