Carers of young and old 'are struggling to cope'
The pressure of looking after children while caring for elderly relatives is taking its toll on all aspects of family life, a Carers UK survey suggests.
It found that a third of "sandwich carers" had to give up work, while two-thirds said their marriages had been damaged.
The charity is calling for care services and employers to support the 2.4 million families in this situation.
Three-quarters of those surveyed said they had suffered a loss of earnings, and 95% said the pressure of caring had affected their ability to work.
When asked about family finances, 52% said the cost of caring for elderly relatives was having an impact while 50% reported they were struggling with childcare costs.
The responsibilities of caring for young and old can be detrimental to family life too, the survey suggests, with two-thirds of sandwich carers reporting damage to their marriages or personal relationships.
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