Letter: What’s it really like caring for a loved one?

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Sir,

More than 750,000 people in Scotland are caring unpaid for a loved one who is older, disabled, or seriously ill.

Whether it’s round-the-clock or for a few hours a week, in their own home or for someone at the other end of a motorway – caring can have a huge impact on people’s lives.

Unpaid carers are holding families together and enabling loved ones to get the most out of life.

They make an enormous contribution to society and together save the UK economy £132 billion a year.

Yet many find themselves stretched to the limit; often financially, without access to support or unable to take a break.

Carers in Scotland deserve to have their say on what affects them and their ability to care – what is working well and what needs to change.

By filling in Carers UK’s State of Caring survey, at www.carerscotland.org they can help inform the Scotland’s most comprehensive research into experiences of looking after a loved one.

The survey answers will help the charity make life better for carers.

They will give us the evidence to push carers up the agenda for policy makers and politicians and campaign for support and change.

It has never been more important for unpaid carers to share their experiences.

Simon Hodgson,

Director of Carers Scotland.