Priority 2 Setting priorities for social care research in Wales

UNCERTAINTY: How can we reduce isolation and stress amongst carers of older people and prevent burn-out?  (Priority 2)
Overall ranking 2
JLA question ID 0102/2
Explanatory note Older people and carers wondered if giving carers increased opportunities to socialise with each other would help, whilst practitioners wondered how best to support carers who are struggling with their caring responsibilities. 

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Health Research Classification System category Generic health relevance
Extra information provided by this project
Original uncertainty examples Without carers the elderly will need a lot more support from social services.  Carers are not prioritised enough, I am a carer support officer and only have a part time contract of 18.5 hours a week.  My waiting list is several months long, by this time the carer is in crisis, my job shoul be full time so the carers are seen sooner to relieve their stress and in that sense ease the burden on social services. without carers Social services would be under a bigger strain than it is now.~ 15% of older carers aged 75-84 agree that they struggle to cope with their caring responsibility. How could these carers be better supported, particularly in light of supporting the people they care for to live independently for longer? 
Submitted by 1 x carer, 3 x group members (a mix of older people and carers), 2 x practitioners 
Project information
Project unique ID 0102
Project name Setting priorities for social care research in Wales
Total number of uncertainties identified by this project. 35  (To see a full list of all uncertainties identified, please see the detailed spreadsheet held on the JLA website)
Date of priority setting workshop 16 & 17 September 2020