A new report by NHS Digital indicates an increase in the number of adult carers experiencing stress and depression.
The Personal Social Services Survey of Adult Carers in England is a biennial survey that seeks the opinions of carers aged >18 years caring for an adult residing in England. Questionnaires were sent to 50,800 carers which had questions on various topics considered to be indicative of a balanced life besides their caring role.
The findings showed that 60.6 per cent of carers reported feeling stressed in 2018-2019, an increase of 1.9 per cent from 2016-2017. The percentage of carers who reported feeling depressed was 45.1 per cent in 2018-2019, an increase of 1.7 per cent from 2016-2017. Additionally, 77.8 per cent reported ‘feeling tired’ (an increase of 1.8 per cent from 2016-2017) and 66.0 per cent reported ‘disturbed sleep’ (an increase of 2 per cent 2016-2017).
Three out of four respondents reported spending >20 hours per week on their caring duties, with 38.7 per cent spending >100 hours per week. One-tenth of the respondents reported facing a lot of financial difficulties in the past 12 months as a result of their caring duties.