40% male carers in employment are working AND caring for more than 40 hours a week

16/10/14 . News

42% of the UK’s unpaid carers are male, dispelling the myth that carers are mostly female

Four in ten male carers in employment are working AND caring for more than 40 hours a week, according to a report by Carers Trust and the Men’s Health Forum.Men's Health Forum & Carers Trust report Husband, Dad, Son, Boyfriend, Carer?

The report ‘Husband, Partner, Dad, Son, Carer?’ looks into the experiences and needs of male carers and to help raise awareness of the fact that four in ten of the UK’s unpaid carers are male carers are mostly female.

The report, which surveyed more than 600 male carers found that: 

  • Four in ten male carers said that they never had a break from their caring role
  • Seven out of ten male carers said that that they missed out on having a social life, leaving them isolated and alone
  • Over six in ten male carers (63%) helped the person they care for with feeding, washing and getting dressed
  • Almost 80% (79%) said they helped with housework

Male carers interviewed as part of the research commented: 

I am completely isolated because of my caring role. I have very little time for myself because I work 40 hours a week, and care for 40 hours a week. I am tired all the time, so I don’t have the energy to do things.

Not had a night out in eight years. No social life, no relationship.

This project is part of the Men's Health Forum's work as a strategic partner of the Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England.

Read more on the 'Husband, Partner, Dad, Son, Carer?' report's recommendations and download the executive summary or full report.

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