Recent research has estimated that up to 2.6 million people in the UK aged 45 and above expect to give up work to care for older or disabled relatives.
The impact is likely to be greater for women than for men, with 20% of women believing they would need to give up work to care compared with 17% of men. Yet the research found that only 6% of employers were treating this as a critical issue.
What ‘Carers UK’ are doing about it
They have established an ‘Employers for Carers Forum’ and are already working with leading employers such as Aviva and Centrica and say it is vital that other employers follow suit. Centrica estimated that their policies for carers have contributed to a combined saving of £2.1 million on the bottom line of their business. They say these policies which give carers paid care leave, have improved the health and wellbeing of their employees and have also reduced the number of people who have had to leave work.
It is imperative that more employers consider adopting these policies. The financial and psychological effect on people who have to leave their jobs in order to look after a relative is very destructive let alone the impact to the economy. It is important to note that when these carers become elderly themselves, their pension will have been affected by the fact that they stopped work earlier than expected. This will create additional problems in the future for providing social care for the ever-increasing population.
Daily & Respite Care can make all the difference!
Our private and independent care services are flexible and reliable to suit your lifestyle, and will help relieve the impact that looking after your relatives can have upon your life.
Call us today for advice on 01829 260280, and we will do our utmost to help you.
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