COVID-19 resources

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Caring and COVID-19: hunger and mental wellbeing

Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities (CIRCLE)

This report looks at the use of foodbanks and the experience of hunger in the households of unpaid carers providing care to someone living outside their own household in April 2020, during COVID-19 lockdown. Drawing on data from the April 2020 wave of Understanding Society COVID-19 survey, the analysis also reports evidence of changes in carers’ mental wellbeing, analysing these by sex, age and employment status. There were an estimated 6,048,286 adults providing care to someone living outside their own household in the UK in 2020. They are a ‘subset’ of the 10,991,440 adults estimated to be carers. The analysis shows considerable evidence of the difficulties some carers face – 228,625 carers said someone in their household had gone hungry in the previous week with women being twice as likely as men to report this; figures were especially high for younger carers, reaching 12.24% for those aged 17-30. In addition, 106,450 carers (1.76%) said their household had used a foodbank in the past month – female carers were twice as likely as men to use foodbanks and foodbank use was especially high (8%) for carers aged 17-30. The report also looks at carers’ mental wellbeing in April 2020 and compares it with the same carers’ reported wellbeing in the 2017-19 wave of the survey. It shows that carers’ mental wellbeing was lower than that of non-carers in both surveys – mental wellbeing was much lower among female carers than male carers and lower for working age carers, especially those aged 17-45. Between 2017-19 and April 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the mental wellbeing of female carers, older carers, carers in employment and those without a paid job declined.

Last updated on hub: 06 August 2020

Caring and COVID-19: loneliness and use of services

Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities (CIRCLE)

This report focuses on experiences of feeling lonely and of accessing support among a key group of carers in April and May 2020, during the official COVID-19 lockdown period. Drawing on data from the April 2020 wave of Understanding Society COVID-19 survey, the report contrasts carers’ experiences with those of other people. An estimated 6,048,286 adults in the UK provided care to someone living outside their own household in 2020. They are a ‘subset’ of the 10,991,440 estimated adult carers. The analysis shows high levels of loneliness in May 2020 among carers who were female, employed or younger – overall, carers were more likely to have felt lonely than other people, with 1 in 3 female carers (1 in 4 male carers) having felt lonely in the previous 4 weeks and carers aged 17-45 being more likely to report feeling lonely than carers aged 65 or older. During the lockdown, many people were unable to access NHS services – in April 9 in 10 carers (8 in 10 other people) had their treatments cancelled or postponed; 4 in 5 carers (3 in 4 other people) did not get a hospital in-patient service they needed; and 1 in 4 carers in April, and 1 in 5 in May, needed to, but could not, access their GP. The report also looks at access to social and community services – overall, 1 in 4 carers needing help did not get a service they needed; figures improved in May, but carers remained worse off; in April, 50% of carers (2 in 5 other people) needing formal care did not get it and 2 in 5 carers and others who required a psychotherapy service did not get it.

Last updated on hub: 06 August 2020

Caring behind closed doors: forgotten families in the coronavirus outbreak

Carers UK

Based on the result of an online survey, this report looks at the impact the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having on carers' lives and their worries for the future. The survey captures the experiences of over 5,000 current and former carers. The results highlight the rising levels of care provided by carers, the increased financial pressures the face, the impact on working carers and the support needs of carers. The survey found that over 70 percent of respondents are providing more care due to the coronavirus outbreak, with 35 per cent of carers providing more care as a result of local services reducing or closing. The report concludes with a series of short-term and longer-term recommendations for UK and National Government.

Last updated on hub: 02 June 2020

Caring behind closed doors: six months on: the continued impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on unpaid carers

Carers UK

Findings of the second wave of an online survey of carers, carried out in September 2020, to explore the impact the pandemic is having on carers' lives and their worries for the future. A total of 5,904 carers and former carers responded to the survey. This included 5,583 current carers and 321 former carers. The findings show that while in April 2020 70% of carers were providing more care as a consequence of the crisis, six months later this has increased further; 81% of carers reported that they were providing more care since the start of the outbreak for one or more reasons. Eight out of ten carers said the needs of the person they care for have increased since the pandemic; two thirds have not been able to take any breaks from their caring role during the crisis; almost two thirds say that their mental health has worsened; and three quarters of carers are feeling exhausted and worn out from caring during the pandemic. The report concludes with a series of short, medium and longer-term recommendations for UK and National Government.

Last updated on hub: 21 October 2020

Caring during lockdown: challenges and opportunities for digitally supporting carers. A report on how digital technology can support carers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


This report describes a project aimed at exploring challenges experienced while caring during the national lockdown and how digital platforms may help alleviate them. The study team analysed transcripts of one such platform, Mobilise’s Virtual Cuppas, to address the project’s objectives. As the national lockdown commenced, Mobilise drew on existing research and established a series of daily ‘Virtual Cuppas’. Facilitated by a professional carer coach, these Cuppas offer a relaxed, online setting for carers to check in with other carers around the country and discuss the challenges they face each day. The carers reported significant challenges during the first COVID-19 lockdown period. Perceived lack of information and social restrictions had a cumulative impact on carers’ sense of certainty, control and levels of motivation. Over time, this took an emotional toll on the carers leading to feelings of exhaustion and burden. The carers, however, quickly adapted to the various challenges, established new routines and adopted positive strategies such as humour and self-care to actively manage their wellbeing. Virtual Cuppas not only appeared an effective platform to identify and share available resources for carers during the national lockdown, but it became a resource in its own right to develop individual resilience. The report makes a number of recommendations, including: invest in additional support for carers during national crises; invest in innovations and infrastructure that can keep us connected; develop digital literacy programmes for carers; and create future digital support for carers that can bridge analogue and digital communities and support networks

Last updated on hub: 17 December 2020

Caring in COVID

National Care Forum

A collection of stories about care, communities and leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. This piece of social history records and highlights the response from NCF members, brought together as a collection of real-life stories in an ebook. The compendium details how, during the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing restrictions, NCF members and the communities they serve, came together and rose to the challenge to support those who needed it most. Contents include: stories from the frontline; community and volunteer voices; keeping it fun; keeping the connection; the many faces of leadership; and partner stories.

Last updated on hub: 22 December 2020

Caring safely at home

Social Care Institute for Excellence

SCIE's video-based resource designed for unpaid/informal carers. You may be caring for family members, friends or neighbours at home.

Last updated on hub: 11 June 2020

Case studies

Care Home Professional

Brings together innovative examples of good practice in care homes. They case studies cover a range of topics, including responses to Covid-19; quality of care; the use of technology; social activities and entertainment; and helping residents stay connected.

Last updated on hub: 07 September 2020

Caught between two fronts: successful aging in the time of COVID-19

Working with Older People

Purpose: The COVID-19 pandemic poses a great challenge for older people both in terms of the severity of the disease and the negative consequences of social distancing. Assumptions about negative effects on the lives of the elderly, affecting dimensions of successful aging (such as the preservation of social relationships), have thus far been hypothetical and have lacked empirical evidence. The aim of this paper is to shed empirical light on the effects of COVID-19 on the everyday life of older people against the background of the concept of successful aging. Design/methodology/approach: Data of a standardized, representative telephone survey with residents of Lower Austria, a county of Austria, were used for this secondary analysis. The sample included 521 persons of 60 years of age and older. For this paper, contingency analyses (χ² coefficients, z-tests using Bonferroni correction) and unidimensional correlational analyses were calculated. Findings: The empirical data show that successful aging along the three dimensions of successful aging is a challenge in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic – leaving the elderly caught between two fronts. Originality/value: The present work focusses on a unique moment in time, describing the changes to the lives of Austrian elderly because of the social distancing measures imposed to protect against the spread of COVID-19. These changes are discussed in the theoretical framework of successful aging.

Last updated on hub: 29 December 2020

Caught off guard by covid-19: Now what?

Article published by the journal Geriatric Nursing by Gray-Miceli D. et al, October 2020. Human beings are social in nature and maintaining social interactions, relationships and intimacy are fundamental needs of older adults (OAs) living in assisted living (AL) communities. Yet, these very basic human needs have been impeded by quarantine mandates imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The socialization aspect offered in AL, allows for an integration of the whole person: body, mind, and spirit and is beneficial in mitigating the development of co-morbidities and negative patient outcomes. Additionally, the authenticity of home comes from the caring interactions provided by an interprofessional health care staff. Utilizing the 4 M Framework, created by The John A. Hartford Foundation and Institute of Healthcare Improvement, the authors describe simple direct bedside interventions of low cost, and high patient-centered value which front-line nursing and caregiver staff can employ to maintain social connections, interactions, mentation, function and mobility among residents they care for, and care about, in AL communities.

Last updated on hub: 13 November 2020