Stockton JSNA


Carers

What are the key issues?

  • There are 4,000 carers in Stockton-on-Tees who are known to the Council and carer support services but more than four times as many (up to 17,000) who are not.
  • The number of carers is set to increase as the population ages and with the expected increase in the number of people affected by dementia.
  • Carers generally neglect their own health and generally suffer from poorer physical and mental health than the general population.
  • Many carers don’t have easy access to respite services.
  • There is concern that carer support services may come under considerable pressure due to the present economic climate and budget deficit measures.  More innovative ways of providing support to carers need to be developed to improve cost-effectiveness.

  

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