If you look after a partner, relative, friend or neighbour, who is ill, disabled, elderly or misuses drugs or alcohol, then we would appreciate you completing our short survey about your caring situation. The responses will help us identify if we should adapt our services to meet any apparent needs and to show other organisations why supporting carers is so important and anything they should be doing.
The survey asks about various aspects of your lives – how many people you care for and more information around your caring role, your experiences of health and care services, your health and wellbeing and more.
The survey can be completed online, on paper/in person, or over the phone. The Who Cares in Hertfordshire? Survey for adult carers is at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JK3SJMT and there is a survey for young carers at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YM9Z6RJ
You don’t have to live with the person you support to be a carer, they could be in a care home or supported accommodation. You will still have a caring role and are likely to provide emotional or other support. Also, if several family members or people provide care to the person you support or to other people, please encourage them to complete our survey too.
Results of our last survey showed:
• One in five carers has missed a health appointment due to caring responsibilities.
• One third of carers said they had struggled financially; and
• 80% of the 1,282 carers completing the questions about work and caring said they had changed their work pattern to care, with 29% giving up work to care full-time.
Information from the last survey was shared with a health provider that was going to cut funding for some carers’ support and the organisation changed its mind about the reduction.
You can complete the relevant survey anonymously or if you give your details you can be entered into a prize draw. For adult carers one person will receive a £250 gift voucher and three people will each get a £50 gift card. For young carers there will be 10 prizes including some vouchers of various amounts up to £50. The prize draws are expected to take place in late September 2022 once the survey closes.
For more information, please contact us, Carers in Hertfordshire on 01992 58 69 69.