Caring for their sick or disabled family is taking its toll on the health of the nation’s elderly generation of carers, according to a new survey by Carers Trust.

They have found that more than half of older carers looking after their husbands, wives and other family members, have put the person they care for first at the expense of their own health. They have cancelled hospital and GP appointments and haven’t taken time out to socialise or look after their own wellbeing, resulting in a massive 87% feeling lonely and isolated.

Many carers are also sick and disabled themselves. 86% said they have health problems of their own, with 67% attributing their health problem to caring, the survey of more than 400 carers over the age of 65 found.

Most (75%) had given up an activity they enjoyed because of their caring role while 46% said they had given up their activity because they didn’t want to leave the person they care for.

Gail Scott-Spicer, CEO of Carers Trust, said:

“We have a generation of older people over the age of 65 who are carrying out one of the toughest roles there is – caring 24/7 for their husbands, wives and adult children.

“Some are sick or disabled themselves. There simply isn’t enough support for them so the least we can do is help them to look after their own health. If they become seriously ill too, the person they care for will go downhill which means a bleak future all round.”

The results showed:

  • 56% (234) care around the clock; while just under a fifth (76 carers) cared for more than 50 hours a week;
  • 86% (360) had health problems of their own
  • 67% (239) said their sickness was as a direct result of their caring role
  • 57% (237) had cancelled or postponed their own doctor’s or hospital appointments because of their caring role
  • More than half of those who responded said they postponed their appointments because they were worried about the person they care for.
  • 81% (328) said they feel lonely and isolated and 83% (271) said their loneliness and isolation was having a negative impact on their health.


Now Carers Trust is calling for:

  • More support to allow carers to look after their own health while caring for their sick and disabled relative. This will help them to stay well while caring and get the necessary medical attention they need themselves and thereby preventing a crisis in the future
  • More flexible medical appointments which fit in with the available replacement care
  • Local authorities to work with the local CCG’s and Health and Wellbeing Boards to use their authority to help identify carers earlier and prevent poor health in the future
  • GPs to target carers and proactively invite them for a health check.


Hammersmith and Fulham Dermatology Survey

NHS Hammersmith and Fulham Clinical Commissioning Group would like to evaluate and, where appropriate, re-design their community Dermatology GP with Special Interest and Minor Surgery service.

To ensure that your voices are at the heart of this work they would like to gauge your experience of the service through your completion of this questionnaire.

It is very short and should only take you 10 minutes to complete.

The questionnaire is anonymous so your confidentiality is also guaranteed.

The last day for entries to this survey is 16th December 2016. You can find the questionnaire here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2KSD8P3


No one should be alone at Christmas

There’s no need to be alone this Christmas.

Join Everyone Active Events for a free Christmas Day knees up in the stunning setting of the 1920’s Porchester Hall in Bayswater. Guests will enjoy a three-course Christmas dinner courtesy of Waitrose followed by carols and films.

Please think of older neighbours who may benefit from this event, and let them know about this event or even help with transport if possible.

Find out more and register at porchesterhallevents@everyoneactive.com or call 020 7792 2823.

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Carers Rights Day Events: Fri 25 November

carers-rights-dayThis year’s Carers Rights Day will be on Friday 25 November!

Carers Network will be holding a Health & Information event for Westminster carers from 10am – 1pm at St Anne’s Soho, 55 Dean Street, W1D 6AF.

This year we will have a very special guest, as The Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Steve Summers will be joining us!

There will then be an event for Hammersmith & Fulham carers from 1pm – 4pm at White City Community Centre, India Way, W12 7QT

A light lunch will be provided at both events and there will also be free massage therapies, flu jabs and health checks.

Come along to these events to :

• Be aware of your rights as a carer;
• Know where to get help and support;
• Help us raise awareness of the needs of carers.

If you would like to register, please call 020 8960 3033 or email events@carers-network.org.uk 


Carers Network City of London is also organising an afternoon workshop on benefits followed by a mindfulness session for City Carers, all at the Golden Lane Estate.

2pm  –  Workshop on benefits and financial entitlements

A workshop on benefits and financial entitlements for carers to be delivered by Z2K.

This will cover:

  • Carer’s Allowance
  • The benefit cap exemption
  • Direct payments and personal budgets
  • Disability-related benefits (ESA/PIP/Attendance Allowance).

4pm  –  Mindfulness session

There will be a session on Mindfulness – what it is, how to do it and how it can help you cope with the day to day difficulties of life.

The event will be held at the Golden Lane Estate in the Ralph Perring room, EC1Y 0SJ




Christmas Crafts and Carols

Age UK Westminster are having a FREE Christmas Crafts and Carols event on Wednesday 14th December, 1-3pm!

Location: Main Hall, The Beethoven Centre, Third Avenue, London, W10 4JL

This event is open to Westminster residents aged 50 plus.

To book please call Katherine: 020 30045612




Alcohol Awareness Week

Westminster Libraries will have Alcohol Awareness Week advice and information stalls at libraries throughout the borough 



Upfront: Online tool for carers

Upfront is a simple tool for carers who are new to the maze of benefits and entitlements.

Fill in your details, spend a couple of minutes answering questions and it will guide you to the information you need.

Visit Upfront here