Carers - understanding your health and wellbeing role

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Warwickshire undertook a project to understand the quality of a carer’s life in terms of their health and wellbeing and their experience of accessing support for themselves to help them maintain their own health and wellbeing and consequently that of the people they care for. They found that:

  • About a third of carers feel that their friends and family and even their healthcare providers lack an understanding of their situation. They feel a lack of empathy and a lack of desire to help them.
  • Nearly half feel that they do not spend enough time doing the things they value and enjoy, aside from their caring role. This includes not spending enough time focusing on their own health and wellbeing.
  • Stress, frustration and loneliness were the most mentioned words when trying to access or receive support, especially from Social Services and respite care.
  • Not having enough time is the main barrier that stops them looking for or trying to access support.   
  • Not everyone likes, or identifies with, the term ‘carer’ as there is often a lack of understanding of what the term means.

The report contains recommendations to help providers improve the health and emotional wellbeing of the carers.

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General details

Report title 
Carers - understanding your health and wellbeing role
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Warwickshire
Date of publication 
Wednesday, 4 August, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Friday, 6 August, 2021
Date evidence capture finished 
Friday, 6 August, 2021
Key themes 
Access
Communication between staff and patients
Health promotion
Health protection
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Support
Other information of note about this report 
Carers
Young Carers

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
No
What type of organisation requested the work 
N/A
If this work has been done in partnership, who is the partner? 
none
Primary research method used 
Survey
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 
N/A

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
GP practice
Social care services 
Adult social care
Respite care

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
239
Age group 
All
Gender 
All
Ethnicity 
All
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
No
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Yes
Does the information include staff's views? 
No
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
N/A
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 
Negative

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Yes
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
No
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
No
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
No

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
 
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
 
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.