National charity Revitalise have released the results of a study which investigates perceptions of gender bias in regards to the roles of unpaid carers. The results show that although 4 out of 10 of the UKs unpaid carers are male – there appears to be a feeling among female carers that society expects them to step into to a caring role ahead of a man in an equivalent position.
This study does not cover whether men or women make better carers – but focuses on the perceptions of carers and non-carers, as to whether gender has a significant effect on someone’s inclination to take up a caring role.
The Revitalise survey also painted a stark picture of the plight of the UK’s unpaid carers, both male and female. Half (48%) of the carers who responded to the survey – 83% of whom were 50 or over – said they provided 24/7 care for a loved one, yet over a third (34%) said they had never had any significant time away since they started caring.