‘Husband, Dad, Son, Partner, Carer?’ is a new report which surveyed more than 600 male carers. Launched by Carers Trust and the Men’s Health Forum, the report was commissioned to look into the experiences and needs of male carers and to help raise awareness of the fact that male carers may not be getting the support they need.
It was found that more than four in ten (42%) of the UK’s unpaid carers are male, dispelling the stereotype that caring is a female issue.
More than one in four male carers in employment would not describe or acknowledge themselves as a carer to others, therefore their need for support may not be immediately obvious and might result in them missing out on vital help.
Over half of the male carers (53%) surveyed felt that the needs of male carers were different to those of female carers, many citing that men find it harder to ask for help and support and that balancing work and caring is challenging, particularly if they are the main earner.
The range of tasks being undertaken by male carers is very broad. Although for almost all men, their caring involves practical activities such as shopping and housework, a high proportion are providing personal care and emotional support.
Male carers are a socially isolated group and miss out on spending time with friends and family members. Men who give up work to care or are unemployed are particularly isolated and support for male carers should have particular focus on addressing this social isolation in this group.
Read the full report here.