Who will care for the carers?

It’s estimated that over seven million people in the UK1 act as carers for other people, helping them with personal care, shopping and other household tasks, taking them to and from medical appointments and generally looking after their welfare, often daily. The practical and emotional support they provide can have a big impact on the independence and quality of life of those being cared for.


A survey2 from a major insurer has highlighted that more than seven out of 10 of those who care for family members or other people, do not have any protection policies in place. This could mean that those they look after might not receive the care they need if they were to fall ill themselves.

Only about three in 10 of those looking after family or community members have life insurance (28%), and only 12% have critical illness cover. If you would like to know more about the costs and benefits of protection policies, get in touch.

1Carers Trust
2Scottish Widows, April 2018