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Carers not taking holidays
A study from disability charity Vitalise shows carers feel too guilty to put their disabled, frail or elderly loved ones into residential care even for a few days.
It echoes research carried out by Epilepsy Society earlier this year, connecting with carers, which showed a significant percentage of people caring for a person with epilepsy would not ask for help such as respite care.
Quality of respite care
Vitalise which provides breaks for people with disabilities, visual impairments, and carers, found 57 per cent of carers felt guilty about needing to use respite care and admitted that the quality of care was a significant barrier to them taking a break.
But seven out of 10 carers felt that a break from their duties, even for a few days was important or very important.
Promise of support for carers
The Vitalise findings follow Care Services Minister Paul Burstow's promise to provide more support for unpaid family carers to gain access to respite breaks.
Epilepsy Society’s carers project connecting with carers focuses on the needs, views and experiences of people who care for an individual with epilepsy.