Carers ‘on the brink’ as they face further Covid-19 restrictions

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I am a carer of two-disabled relatives and have to admit I have climbed the walls sometimes during lockdown. GN

Unpaid carers are fearful of how they will cope with increased restrictions or lockdowns, a charity has said.

A carer holds a patient's hand

Seventy-eight percent of carers claim the support requirements for the person they care for have grown over the period of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Carers UK.

The survey, of 5,904 carers in September, ascertained that 80% are providing more care than they were prior to lockdown, and two-thirds (67%) are concerned about how they will cope with further lockdowns or local restrictions.

The increased burden has left two-thirds of carers exhausted and worn out, with 64% experiencing worsening mental health and 58% seeing their physical health impacted.

Chief executive Helen Walker said: “The majority of carers have only known worry and exhaustion throughout this pandemic. “They continue to provide extraordinary hours…

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