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 Caring in Hertfordshire 2018 Survey.
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. It can be completed online at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CinHSurvey2018
Jo Willis, our Carer Learning and Development Manager, said: “We hope that carers will take the time to help us with this survey as it is important we hear from as many people as possible to get a realistic picture of caring in Hertfordshire. The responses will help us identify any areas of concern or where more support is required. They will also enable us to see that we are providing the right services to meet carers’ needs.”
Our last State of Caring in Hertfordshire Survey was in 2015 and 1,229 people responded. This time we hope to hear from at least 1,500 people. Results of the last survey showed:
- 1 in 3 carers said they had experienced financial difficulties;
- 88% of carers responding said caring had a negative effect on their health;
- 63% of carers felt social isolated or lonely;
- 54% of working carers reported they left their job or reduced their hours to care – reasons for this included it being stressful juggling work and care (67%) and care too expensive (17%).
We also used the findings as evidence when a health provider was considering cutting funding for carer support – based on the information we shared they decided to not to make cuts.
The Survey is open until Friday 23rd February 2018 and you can complete it anonymously or if you give your details you will be entered into a prize draw to win a £250 gift voucher or one of three £50 gift vouchers.
For more information please contact us on 01992 58 69 69.