Key findings from this report:
- Unpaid caring is a hidden issue, with many carers not seeing themselves as carers.
- Carers have little time to focus on their own health, with 77% surveyed undertaking more than 50 hours of caring a week.
- Carers feel like they're missing out on a life of their own, with 40% of carers say they rarely or never feel optimistic about the future.
- Carers feel they lack financial, practical and emotional support.
- Carers are benefitting from digital technology and local support, but not to support their own health and wellbeing.
- Although many carers are benefiting from digital technology, digital exclusion is still a key issue.
How can the web support carers? by The Princess Royal Trust for Carers
Useful unpaid carer statistics from this report:
- Over 98% of online carers usually access the internet from home.
- Almost one in 10 online carers use a mobile phone to access the internet.
- More than 60% of carers use the internet several times a day.
- 99% of online carers use email, almost 45% use instant messaging and 20% use video chat.
- 94% of online carers shop online and over half have ordered groceries online.
- 7 out of 10 online carers say that the internet saves them time.
- 5 out of 10 say it saves them money.
- 64% of online carers say that keeping up with friends and family is a main reason for going online.
- 42% say the internet helps them reduce their feelings of isolation.
Alone and caring by Carers UK
"Isolation and loneliness is something that many people face as a result of their caring responsibilities for a disabled, older or seriously ill loved one."
This report from Carers UK outlines the causes of carers' social isolation and loneliness at work, looks into their health and explores what can be done to make a difference.
Coming soon: Research from our network on the challenges unpaid carers face getting online, and successful models of support adopted by our specialist centres.