An exploration of the UK unpaid carer's world

Invisibility 


Carers

Although many found caring rewarding and an expression of their relationship with the cared-for person, they also told us that they felt invisible and undervalued. Many were stressed and exhausted.  source p 2 here

Young carers

'Your friends don't understand': invisibility and unmet need: in the lives of young carers." source here  


. . .even those who are receiving assistance still tend to be invisible in their caregiving role. They only become visible when they are labeled as being parentified, . .   source p 40 and in refs  here Vancouver

Invisibility 

Carers

Although many found caring rewarding and an expression of their relationship with the cared-for person, they also told us that they felt invisible and undervalued. Many were stressed and exhausted.  source p 2 here
.
Challenging the invisibility of carers: mapping informal care nationally source here   (login required)  Amazonhere
.

Join the Worcestershire Association Of Carers community

WAC helps relieve the stress experienced by adult unpaid carers by providing access to personalised support, information & advice. We increase carer awareness in communities & reduce carer ‘invisibility’ through creating understanding. WAC is the only charity in Worcestershire with this remit.  source here

.

However there are many carers who care full time! Caring can be a relentless job, its 24/7 (24 hours per day 7 days per week) and naturally can be physically and mentally exhausting. Often the carer becomes isolated that he or she becomes ‘invincible’ to family, friends, and the healthcare team. The isolation and invisibility puts the carer at risk of serious illness.  source Care Attendants to go on the carer page

.

Official invisibility

Q: Who counts as an invisible person?

A: Carers, if they are living with and care for, a disabled person over 18 who is not their wife, husband, cohabitee, or child under 18. The disabled person must receive the higher rate Attendance Allowance or the high rate care component of Disability Living Allowance and the carer must be providing care for 35 hours on average weekly. The carer does not have to have Carers Allowance to be invisible. More than one carer can be invisible. Others classed as invisible includes full-time students, apprentices, trainees, student nurses, severely mentally impaired, prisoner’s (sic) or people detained under the mental health act.

source here

.

Bodies at Work – Page 167 – Google Books Result
Carol Wolkowitz – 2006 – ‎Social Science
But invisibility is not simply the result of poor employment practices. See cared-for sovereignity here

.

As unpaid care work is a major human rights issue this needs to change. Policies must recognise the role of women and girls in the provision of unpaid care; reduce the drudgery of unpaid care; and redistribute unpaid care work (from women to men, and from the family to communities and the state), thus laying the basis for true gender equality.

source here  moves on to Invisibility of unpaid care in social protection and early childhood development policies.

 .

Young carers

‘Your friends don’t understand’: invisibility and unmet need: in the lives of young carers.” source here    ..   here
here   Ireland  pp  2  4  5
 .
. . .even those who are receiving assistance still tend to be invisible in their caregiving role. They only become visible when they are labeled as being parentified, . .   source p 40 and in refs  here Vancouver