The 2011 Census showed there are approximately 25,500 people who look after another person in Derby across all service groups. This equates to around one in every 10 people in Derby having a caring responsibility. Compared to 2001, this represents an increase of over 6%. Of these carers:
- 61% (15,682 individuals) provide up to 19 hours per week
- 14% (3,586 individuals) provide 20 to 49 hours per week
- 25% (6,316 individuals) provide in excess of 50 hours per week
The aim of the national bi-annual Carer Survey is to collect information about carers’ experiences of social care services and support and will feed into the monitoring of the impact of the national carers’ strategy.
A total of 598 people received a postal questionnaire in October 2018; there were 264 responses received. This equates to a 44.1% response rate. This is lower than the response rate from the previous survey which was 50.6% but higher than the national rate of 39.3% and higher than our comparator authorities’ average of 39.5%.
The majority of carers in the survey (24.9%) are aged between 55 to 64 years. This is slightly higher than the previous survey (24.5). The majority of carers (28%) look after a person between the age of 75 and 84. This also applies to the previous survey (28%).
A significant proportion of carers in the survey are female (68%). This is higher than the previous survey (65%).
The majority of carers are from a white background (80%). This is lower than the previous survey (82%). The next highest Ethnicity group are of Asian/Asian British background (10%). In terms of Religion, 68% of carers are of the Christian faith and then Muslim (11%).
A slight majority of people who are cared for have a physical disability (53%). The next highest Support Reason is carers looking after a person with a long-standing illness (44%).
The majority of people live with the person they care for (85.2%). This is higher than the previous survey (82.2%).
55.5% of respondents who have received support services from Social Services are satisfied with the service that they received. The overall satisfaction rate of 28.9% is slightly higher than the previous survey (28.4%).
The rate of 34.9% of carers who look after themselves, in terms of getting enough sleep or eating well, has fallen significantly since the previous survey (49.7%) and compared to the national rate (49.8%).
The rate of 28.0% of carers who feel socially isolated is significantly higher than the previous survey (13.9%) and compared to the national rate (18.6%).
21% of respondents have been looking after or helping the person they care for over 20 years. This is lower than the previous survey (30%). 43% of respondents spend 100 hours or more in their caring role every week. This is higher than the previous survey (38%).
The rate of carers who find it very difficult to find information and advice about support, services or benefits of 14.8% is higher than the previous survey (9.3%) and compared to the national rate (8.8%).