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Scotland's Carers

Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateMarch 24, 2015


An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

ISBN 978 1 78544 238 4 (Web only publication)
PPDAS 46219

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About the report

1. Chapter 1: Who Provides Care in Scotland?
1.1. Introduction
1.2. Background
1.3. Estimating number of carers and hours of care provided
1.4. Comparing findings from the SHeS and Census 2011
1.5. Are Scotland's carers increasing or decreasing in number?
1.6. Age, gender and ethnicity of carers
1.7. Length of time spent caring
1.8. Caring relationships
1.9. Young carers
1.10. Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation
1.11. Conclusion

2. Chapter 2: Carers' Health and Wellbeing
2.1. Introduction
2.2. Caring can be a positive and rewarding experience
2.3. A note about research
2.4. What do carers say about their health?
2.5. Physical wellbeing of carers
2.6. Findings from review of research on physical wellbeing of carers
2.7. Carers may find it difficult to look after their own health
2.8. Carers and mental wellbeing
2.9. Mental wellbeing and psychiatric disorders
2.10. Conclusion

3. Chapter 3: Carers' Employment, Health and Finance
3.1. Introduction
3.2. Economic status of carers
3.3. Caring impact on employment
3.4. Carers, health and employment
3.5. Carer's allowance
3.6. Conclusion

4. Chapter 4: Support for Carers
4.1. Introduction
4.2. Support received by carers
4.3. Carers' experience of support
4.4. Ways to support carers
4.5. Access to support
4.6. Types of support
4.6.1. Support that benefits carers
4.6.2. Carers' assessment
4.6.3. Information and training for carers
4.6.4. Carers' identified needs and sources of information
4.6.5. Short breaks and respite care
4.6.6. Nature of short breaks
4.6.7. Impact of short breaks
4.6.8. Issues in take up of short breaks
4.7. Conclusion

5. Chapter 5: Where Do Carers Live?
5.1. Introduction
5.2. Carers by local authority area
5.3. Carers in urban and rural areas

6. Chapter 6: Conclusions
6.1. Profile of carers
6.2. Carers' health and wellbeing
6.3. Support for carers

7. Chapter 7: Background Information
7.1. Rationale for publication
7.2. Scottish Carers' Policy
7.3. Sources of data
7.4. Other Scottish Government publications on Carers
7.5. Respondent Burden

8. Research References

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland