15 December 2015
Commenting on Marie Curie’s Hidden Costs of Caring report Dr Fran Woodard, Executive Director of Policy and Impact at Macmillan Cancer Support said:
“Macmillan figures show that nearly half of people with cancer at the end of life rely solely on family and friends for practical support[i]. It is, then, essential that people caring for someone with a terminal illness are properly supported themselves.
“Without the right level of help, untrained carers can reach a stage where they feel they can’t cope, and this extremely difficult time can become even more distressing for everyone.
“The findings of this report emphasise how important it is for someone at the end of life and their carer to be offered a package of support. The government must fully fund the recommendations of this year’s independent review of choice at the end of life to ensure this happens."
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Notes to Editors:
[i] Based on a weighted sample of 255 interviews with people living with terminal cancer, people caring for someone at the end of life or recently bereaved carers. Part of research commissioned by Macmillan Cancer Support, and undertaken by Bright Blue Research(formerly mruk), as a part of research into the social care needs of people with cancer in the UK. Macmillan Cancer Support, Hidden at Home – the social care needs of people with cancer, 2015.Bright Blue Research commissioned by Macmillan Cancer Support http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Documents/GetInvolved/Campaigns/Carers/hidden-at-home.pdf
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