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Sandwich carers

A lot of carers find themselves looking after frail and disabled elderly relatives as well as their own children. This group is called 'sandwich carers' and there are lot of them.

Partly because we are living longer, and people have their children later, there are a lot of people trying to look after frail and disabled elderly relatives, often their parents, at the same time as looking after dependent children. Often women, who are still trying to work too, these cares can feel exhausted and over-stretched. 1.3 million Brits are sandwich carers, but many don't see themselves as carers, they're simply looking after family.

An Office of National Statistics (ONS) 2019 report said that "more than a quarter of these carers are suffering from depression or stress".

The report warned that these carers were in particular danger of being worn down emotionally, physically and financially. They risk being very isolated, constantly under money pressures, and the stress of trying to juggle multiple roles and responsibilities.

Register as a carer here.