As we head into a second lockdown and the second wave of the coronavirus approaches, we are told to stay at home, and check in on loved ones (at a distance!) – especially those who are living alone.
Whilst many of us remain in isolation, either alone or within our household bubbles, essential and key workers are powering through the surge in cases to deliver essential services to those who need it.
Amongst those essential workers are caregivers – both those working within a care environment, and those visiting people in their homes. Any carer knows all too well the mental and physical exhaustion that comes with looking after others over prolonged periods of time; but this is, nonetheless, very much their reality at this present time.
So, we’ve been looking at the results of a study that we conducted with 3GEM research, which focuses on the wellbeing of our caregivers across the country.
Conducted between 8th-12th October, our study with 2,000 participants found that 68% of people believe they should ‘reach out’ to carers more often – with 60% of respondents only asking carers how they are ‘now and again’, ‘rarely’ or ‘almost never’; leaving carers at risk of feeling forgotten.
Furthermore, 72% of respondents worried that carers struggled with ‘loneliness’ thanks to the full-on nature of care leaving them little time for socialising.
Our study also found…
- 54.6% of respondents said they know someone who cares for others;
- 40.5% of participants said they very frequently contact a carer and ask specifically about them, whilst 12.4% of people said they rarely do;
- 67.9% of respondents felt that they should reach out to carers more;
- 38.4% of respondents felt that the carers they know are very open with them about their wellbeing; whilst 20.9% of respondents said the carers feel uncomfortable talking about their feelings;
- 64.3% of respondents believe that the carers they know put the wellbeing of those they’re caring for before themselves;
- 56.7% of respondents said the carers they know have worked additional hours due to COVID-19;
- 42.9% of participants said that the carers they know ‘are there for everyone else’;
- 56.7% of participants believe that carers need more recognition;
- 51.1% of respondents believe that carers are overworked/juggle other roles;
- A total of 55% of participants said they’re worried that the carers they know struggle from loneliness;
- The participants believed that as we head into the winter months, carers are most worried about another lockdown (60.2%), excessive workloads (52.8%), difficulty visiting family and friends due to commitment (49.5%), and illness and deaths (46.4%).
Supporting Our Carers
Now, more than ever, it’s vital that we show support to our carers wherever we can.
When asked what would make the biggest difference to a carer’s day, 57.1% of respondents said ‘a break from caring (respite)’. 51.9% said ‘recognition for their work’, and 50.2% of participants said ‘time for relaxation/wellbeing’ would make the largest impact.
A staggering total of 69.8% of participants believed that carers have not been supported enough by the government during the pandemic – and at Sentai, this is something we endeavour to change.
Supporting the Older Generations
44.2% of participants are worried that the older generations will become isolated during the winter months.
However, we were thrilled to see that a total of 65.2% of participants plan to use technology in the winter months to contact loved ones. At Sentai, it’s our aim to offer companionship and support to those who need it most. Our assisted living device does just that, providing a sense of security, comfort and peace of mind, and makes it easier to stay in contact with loved ones.
If you’d like to see the full study, please feel free to take a look at our results.
If you’d like to show your support to our amazing carers today, take a look at our #ReachOutandHelpOut campaign to discover how you can make a difference. Alternatively, to find out more about Sentai, browse our website.