You are just as likely to have to care unpaid for a loved one as to own your own home in your life, according to new figures. Charity Carers UK has published analysis by the Universities of Sheffield and Birmingham of data from 2001 to 2018 which shows that 65 percent of adults have cared unpaid for a loved one. This is similar to estimates showing 64 per cent of the population own their own home.
Owning a home is a common life milestone and something many British people prepare for. But figures released for Carers Rights Day reveal the stark reality that the average person can just as likely expect to become an unpaid carer for someone who is older, disabled or seriously ill – something that few people are prepared for. The research also reveals that the average person has a 50:50 chance of caring for someone by the age of 50 – long before they reach retirement age. On average, women can expect to take on caring responsibilities more than a decade earlier than men. Half of women will care by the age of 46, compared with half of men who can expect to care at 57.
Many people don’t expect to become an unpaid carer but the reality is two in three of people will do it in their lifetime.
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