The Department of Health (DoH) are writing a new strategy for carers setting out how more can be done to help. This seeks to reflect their lives now, the health and financial concerns carers have, and gives the support they need to live well whilst caring for a family member or friend.
To help the Department of Health develop the strategy, they want to hear from carers, those who have someone care for them, business, social workers, NHS staff, and other professionals that support carers.
Informal carers, or unpaid carers, are people who look after family members, friends, neighbours, or others because of long-term physical or mental ill health or disability, or care needs related to old age. This does not include any activities as part of paid employment.