There are an increasing number of adults with caring responsibilities for other adults. This could be a husband caring for a wife, a friend looking who looks after a next door neighbour or a parent looking after an adult child with learning disabilities. Some people are officially recognised as carers, but most people take on this kind of role with no formal recognition. This means that the ‘unofficial’ carers frequently have very little or no respite from their responsibilities. Unpaid carers are typically themselves in poor health.

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