Are you over 75 and looking after your spouse or partner with cancer, chronic chest disease, heart disease, dementia or a similar condition?

Then this research study may be of interest to you …

The research is looking for older carers looking after their spouse or partner, and aims to explore your experience and perspectives of looking after your spouse or partner.

The research is being carried out as part of a PhD study by Tessa Morgan who is a PhD student in Primary Care at the University of Cambridge.

What does taking part involve?

You will be contacted by Carers Network’s End of Life Carers Project Manager Francis in the first instance to arrange your initial meeting with Tessa, the researcher. The interview may last around one hour and should take place in a location and time of your choosing. Tessa will telephone you about one month later to ask how things are going and arrange a second interview about one month later. The interview will be very informal; Tessa will lead a discussion about what looking after the person involves for you, your experiences with services and your support needs.

The recording will be typed up and made anonymous: some quotations will be used in the research analysis and in reports and publications that come from the research. These quotations will all be anonymous: it will not be possible to identify you or anyone else from them.

Why should you get involved?

There may not be any benefit to you but sharing your experiences and perspectives of being an older carers of your spouse or partners help to improve understanding for the needs of older carers, particularly those aged 75 or older. “In my role, supporting carers of people in the later years of life, I have always thought that there is still a lot that needs to be done to improve how services respond to the needs of older carers.” Francis Ngale, Carers Network’s End of Life Carers Manager.

If you can and are willing to share your experiences through this study or perhaps you would like more information, please contact Francis on 020 8960 3033 or email francis@carers-network.org.uk in the first instance.