Why care for carers?

Family (unpaid) carers are a critical part of millions of patients’ lives – we couldn’t do without them. And they need our support now more than ever. Understanding the challenges that carers face around the world is needed so that action can be taken to increase recognition and support. See the latest Embracing Carers® research and reports below.

The current carer landscape

Embracing Carers ® created the Carer Well-Being Index to determine the immediate and long-lasting impacts of COVID-19 on unpaid carers, including its impact on their psychological, physical and financial well-being.

They must now navigate fast-changing care delivery models, learn new telehealth and technology, provide emotional support despite their own emotional needs, and handle increased responsibilities at home—all at once.

We have pulled out some key facts from the Carer Well-Being Index and created an infographic that you can download or share.


of carers put the needs of the person they are caring for above their own1


are concerned that they will not be able to afford to provide proper care1


of carers need additional guidance/training on how to use telehealth/online tools/mobile apps to complete their caregiving duties1


of employed carers are concerned they will lose their job because of the time commitment needed as a carer1

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Carers across the globe are in need of support

In order to uncover what challenges carers face around the world, Embracing Carers® has conducted a multi-national survey to determine the unmet needs of carers and the impact that caring for others has on their own health and well-being. Check our findings here.

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These are the problems carers are facing

Embracing Carers® developed and issued Carer Report: Embracing the Critical Role of Carers Around the World, that captures the results of our international carer survey and outlining key calls to action for supporting and recognizing carers around the world.


1. Merck. Embracing Carers Initiative.Carer Well-Being Index. Sept. 3-Oct. 27, 2020.

GL-NONPR-00326 [September 2022]

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